President-elect Joe Biden ran a campaign saying he wanted to reclaim “the soul of the nation,” and promised that, if elected, he would bring diversity to the White House.

Biden and Vice president-elect Kamala Harris have developed a transition team that consists of 46% people of color and 52% women, according to data. And on his senior staff, people of color make up 41% and women make up 53%.

Biden’s transition team said in a released statement, “These diverse, experienced, and talented individuals demonstrate President-elect Biden’s commitment to building an administration that looks like America.”

So who will help Biden lead the country?

First, we need to list what positions make up the Cabinet. In addition to the vice president, there are 15 executive departments: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs.

There are other several key high-ranking positions, including White House chief of staff, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Office of Management & Budget director, United States Trade Representative ambassador, Council of Economic Advisers chairman and Small Business Administration administrator.

Here is a list of who is in, and who is still in the running.


Ron Klain, one of Biden’s most trusted campaign advisers, will serve as his incoming chief of staff.

Jen O’Malley Dillon, will serve as Biden’s deputy chief of staff.

Cedric Richmond will serve as senior adviser to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Richmond has represented Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district in the US House of Representatives since 2011. He previously served as the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The Biden campaign also released the names of several White House senior staff members on November 17, including: Mike Donilon, chief strategist for the Biden campaign; Steve Ricchetti, chairman of the Biden campaign; Dana Remus, general counsel to the Biden campaign; Julie Chavez Rodriguez (the granddaughter of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez) deputy campaign manager on the Biden campaign; and Annie Tomasini, Biden’s traveling chief of staff.

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon has been appointed chief of staff to incoming first lady Jill Biden.  A graduate of Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and Columbia Law School, Reynoso Pantaleon, who was born in the Dominican Republic, currently serves as a trustee for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and for Columbia University, and is on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and the Truman National Security Project.

Anthony Bernal will serve as senior adviser to Jill Biden. He worked with Jill Biden for all eight years of the Obama administration, including as the second lady’s director of scheduling, trip director and deputy chief of staff.


Susan Rice, Secretary of State

Rice was a national security adviser for President Obama, and is considered an experienced diplomat and an expert on foreign policy.

Karen Bass, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Before serving as a California congresswoman, Bass worked for almost a decade as a physician assistant. She now leads the Congressional Black Caucus.

Keisha Lance Bottoms, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

This Atlanta mayor made headlines for being outspoken on racial justice issues. Since winning the mayoral election in 2017, Lance Bottoms has prioritized affordable housing. Before becoming mayor, she served as a judge and an Atlanta city councilwoman.

Val Demings, Secretary of Homeland Security

Before serving as a Florida congresswoman, the former Orlando police chief had a 27-year career in law enforcement.

Tammy Duckworth, Secretary of Defense

Sen. Duckworth is an Army veteran who served in the Iraq War. If nominated, she’d be the first Thai American in the Cabinet and the first woman to serve as secretary of defense.

Michèle A. Flournoy, Secretary of Defense

Flournoy previously served as deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Bill Clinton and as undersecretary of defense for policy under President Obama. If nominated, the Harvard alumna would be the first woman to serve as secretary of defense.

Lily Eskelsen García, Secretary of Education

For two decades, García worked as an elementary school teacher in Utah, having entered schools originally as a lunch lady. After an unsuccessful congressional run in 1998, she cemented her career in education advocacy and reform, ultimately serving as the president of the National Education Association.

Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior

When she was elected to the House in 2018, the Arizona representative became one of the first Native American women elected to Congress.

Avril Haines, CIA Director

Haines, the first woman to serve as deputy CIA director. After completing law school at Georgetown University, she clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Heidi Heitkamp, Secretary of Agriculture

Before serving North Dakota in Congress, the one-term senator worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and served as North Dakota’s attorney general.

Elizabeth Warren, Secretary of the Treasury

Sen. Warren is a progressive favorite who ran against Biden for the Democratic nomination. She is a staunch advocate for economic equality and reform.

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Secretary of Energy

During the Obama administration, Sherwood-Randall served as deputy secretary of energy and was Biden’s chief adviser on foreign and defense policy right out of grad school at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Sally Yates, Attorney General

When President Trump took office, Yates was the acting attorney general but lasted just 10 days. In January 2017, she was fired for refusing to defend Trump’s “Muslim ban.”

Andrew Yang, Secretary of Commerce

Yang is an entrepreneur and former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, centering his campaign around the idea of universal basic income. Yang joined CNN as a political commentator in February, after dropping out of the presidential race.

Pete Buttigieg, UN ambassador

Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, eventually breaking barriers by becoming the first gay candidate to earn primary delegates for a major party’s presidential nomination.

Kate Bedingfield, White House Press Secretary

Bedingfield was the deputy campaign manager and communications director for Biden’s presidential campaign. She worked at the White House under the Obama administration as Biden’s communications director.

Symone Sanders, White House Press Secretary

Sanders was a senior adviser to the Biden 2020 campaign. Sanders worked as national press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign and later joined CNN as a political commentator. She is also under consideration for principal deputy press secretary.

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As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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