DemDaily: The Cabinet Count: Women Leading The Way

December 1, 2020

Yellen was the first woman to head the Fed. Biden: "One of the most forward economic thinkers of our time"

True to his word that his administration will "look like America," President-elect Joseph Biden's latest Cabinet nominees and senior staff announcements add to an already historically diverse team with a broad and deep bench of experience.

Today, Biden officially introduced his top economic team, responsible for shaping the new administration's economic agenda and "building back" a national economy devastated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

"A first rate team," Biden proclaimed, "that is tested and experienced that includes ground-breaking Americans who come from different backgrounds but who share my core vision for economic relief."

"We're going to create a recovery for everybody, for all. We're going to get this economy moving again," he said. "Our message to everybody struggling right now is help is on the way."

Biden Economic Team
Treasury SecretaryJanet Yellen
In addition to being our country's first female Treasury Secretary, Yellen will the first to have served as Chair of the Federal Reserve (2014-2018), where she was also the first female in that position, as former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve (2010-2014) and as Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors (1997-1999). Yellen also served as the President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (2004-2010). Polish Jewish decent. Age 74.

Tanden was one of the "key architects" of the Affordable Care Act (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Office of Management and Budget Director: Neera Tanden
Tanden, who is the daughter of immigrants from India, will be the first woman of color to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She has served as President and CEO of liberal think tank Center for American Progress since 2011, was former Obama Senior Advisor for Health Reform at Health & Human Services, and was Deputy Campaign Manager and Policy Director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Tanden is a Yale Law grad and is 50.

Deputy Treasury Secretary: Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo
Adeyemo, who was born in Nigeria, most recently served as the first president of the Obama Foundation, and was Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. He served as the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under Elizabeth Warren, has a law degree from Yale and is 38 years old.

Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo will be the highest-positioned black person in Treasury's history

Council of Economic Advisors Chair: Cecilia Rouse
Rouse, an economist, will be the first African American to lead the Council of Economic Advisors. She is currently Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, served as a Member of Obama's Council of Economic Advisors from 2009 to 2011 and was on Bill Clinton's National Economic Council. She has a PhD in Economics from Harvard and is 56.

Council of Economic Advisers Member: Jared Bernstein

A Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Bernstein served as Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden in the Obama Administration. He has Masters Degrees in Social Work and Philosophy and a PhD in Social Welfare from Columbia University. Jewish descent and is 64.

Council of Economic Advisers Member: Heather Boushey
President & CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Boushey is a long-time economic adviser to Biden, and author of numerous reports and expert commentaries on issues affecting working families. She has served as an economist for the Center for American Progress, the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee, the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Economic Policy Institute. Age 49.

Biden announced his National Security & Policy Team November 23rd, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. For other Cabinet and senior staff announced, see DemDaily: The Cabinet Count and Contenders.

Communications Team
On Sunday, November 29th, President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced an unprecedented all-female White House senior communications team, headed by key transition advisor and former Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki as Press Secretary.

Kate Bedingfield, who served as Biden-Harris deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Biden campaign, will be White House Communications Director and Pili Tobar, who served as the campaign's coalitions communications director, will serve as Deputy White House Communications Director.

Karine Jean-Pierre, a senior adviser on the Biden campaign and chief of staff to Harris, will serve as principal Deputy Press Secretary, and senior Biden advisor Symone Sanders was named Chief Spokesperson and a Senior Advisor for Vice President-elect Harris.

Senior Biden campaign advisors Ashley Etienne and Elizabeth Alexander, will serve as Harris' Communications Director and First Lady Jill Biden's Communications Director, respectively.

Sidenote: As of this writing, President Donald Trump has yet to concede the election. Go to it girls.

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