President-elect Joe Biden’s nominations of Cecilia Rouse as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers and Adewale Adeyamo as deputy Treasury secretary are potentially historic.
If confirmed, Adeyamo would be the first Black person in the role. Rouse’s confirmation would make her the first Black chair of the agency.
But several think tanks and civil rights organizations have urged Biden to “appoint Black nominees to the remaining high-profile Cabinet posts,” arguing that Biden “largely put Black officials in lower-profile positions or in jobs that include ‘deputy’ in the title,” The Washington Post reported.
“Our message has been the same since Election Day: the incoming administration must champion the hiring of top Black talent,” one such organization, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, said in a statement. “We applaud the Biden-Harris Transition for the strong representation of African Americans in the leadership of agency review teams and in the historic appointments of people like Cecilia Rouse to chair the Council of Economic Advisers and Wally Adeyemo to serve as deputy secretary of the treasury.”
Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named attorney Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff. Flournoy, who has worked since 2013 as the chief of staff for former President Bill Clinton, has also held several leadership positions at the American Federation of Teachers and the DNC.