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 HarrisSecond gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House Harris takes fresh start to 2022 We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified 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) FlournoyHarris's office undergoes difficult reset The Hill's Morning Report - Cheney 'honored' to serve on select committee Aides, friends come to Harris chief's defense amid turmoil 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.


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 BennetBiden addresses Coloradans after wildfires: 'Incredible courage and resolve' Equilibrium/Sustainability — Mars may start 'terraforming itself' Boulder County picks up pieces after unprecedented wind and firestorm MORE (D-Colo.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowMichigan Republican John James 'strongly considering' House run Updated reconciliation text includes electric vehicle tax credit opposed by Manchin Stabenow calls for expansion of school mental health services MORE (D-Mich.).

Flournoy and Kosoglu join other women of color in the new administration, including Symone SandersSymone SandersSymone Sanders hired by MSNBC Staffer who had contact with Harris tests positive for COVID-19 White House points finger at the press 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.