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Harris taps women of color for key senior staff positions

Harris taps women of color for key senior staff positions
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Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France's Macron Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick Senators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal MORE on Thursday announced new members of her White House staff, putting women of color in key roles in the new administration.

Harris tapped Tina FlournoyHartina (Tina) FlournoyKamala Harris's inauguration is historic milestone Harris taps women of color for key senior staff positions Harris selects Tina Flournoy as chief of staff: report MORE, a Black woman, to be her chief of staff.

Flournoy currently serves as chief of staff to former President Clinton. She has decades of experience in Democratic politics, having worked in Clinton’s White House and on his campaign, as well as serving as a public policy adviser to the American Federation of Teachers, among many other roles.

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Harris hired Rohini Kosoglu to be her domestic policy adviser. Kosoglu was Harris’s chief of staff in the Senate, and has also worked for Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetLawmakers move to oust extremists from military Top Democrat pushes for tying unemployment insurance to economic conditions 50-50 Senate opens the door to solutions outlasting Trump's moment of violence MORE (D-Colo.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowWith a new president and a new Congress, it's time for Medicare drug price negotiation Yellen champions big spending at confirmation hearing Coronavirus relief deal hinges on talks over Fed lending powers MORE (D-Mich.).

Flournoy and Kosoglu join other women of color in the new administration, including Symone SandersSymone SandersRecord number of women to serve in Biden Cabinet Kayleigh McEnany leaves letters for incoming Biden press officials Kamala Harris's inauguration is historic milestone MORE and Ashley Etienne, who are on Harris's communications team.

Rounding out Harris’s new team is Nancy McEldowney, who will serve as her national security adviser.

McEldowey has decades of experience at the State Department and on the National Security Council under Clinton.