Biden rolls out new members of White House senior staff

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE's transition team announced new members of his White House senior staff on Friday, highlighting the diversity of the latest group of appointees. 

The appointments all stem from the Obama administration and reflect Biden's aim to appoint more women and people of color to the White House. 

"Their dedication to overcoming the challenges facing our country today are rooted in their diverse backgrounds and experiences. They will serve the American people and help build back better, creating a more just, equitable, and united nation,” Biden said in a statement. 


Louisa Terrell, who worked as special assistant for legislative affairs under former President Obama, has been named the director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.

She currently oversees legislative affairs for the president-elect's transition team. Her formal appointment comes as Biden prepares to have his first in-person meeting with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Pelosi mocks House GOP looking for 'non-threatening female' to replace Liz Cheney Caitlyn Jenner: California needs a 'thoughtful disruptor' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan MORE (D-N.Y.) on Friday. 

The team also announced Cathy Russell will serve as the director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel under Biden. Russell previously worked as the ambassador-at-large for global women's issues during Obama's administration. 

Mala Adiga, who previously served as the deputy assistant secretary of State for academic programs in the Obama State Department, is slated to work as Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Cheney's GOP battle intensifies Weird photo of Carters with Bidens creates major online buzz MORE's policy director. Adiga recently worked as a senior adviser to Jill Biden and a senior policy adviser on Joe Biden's presidential campaign. 

Additionally, Carlos Elizondo, who worked as a social secretary for the Bidens throughout the Obama administration, was named as Biden's White House social secretary on Friday.