President-elect Joe Biden has promised that his administration will “look like America,” and that his administration will reflect the nation’s diversity. As Biden prepares to take office in January, data from his team backs that up showing more than half the members of his transition team are women and nearly half are people of color.
According to CNN, of the 500 people selected for roles on the transition team, women make up the majority of the team at 52 percent while people of color make up 46 percent. The makeup of the team’s senior staff members consists of 53 percent women and of 41 percent people of color.
This commitment to diversity also extends to the transition team’s advisory boards where 52 percent are women and 43 percent are people of color. Nine of the 13 members of Biden’s Covid-19 advisory board are people of color and five of the members are women, according to the data.
“For months, the Biden-Harris transition has laid the groundwork for a Biden-Harris administration, and at the core of that work is an unrelenting commitment to diversity,” said Ted Kaufman, co-chair of the Biden-Harris transition. “As we continue working full-speed ahead to Inauguration, our diverse group of leaders and staff are reflective of America — upholding President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris’ belief that through diverse voices we can develop and implement a policy vision to tackle our nation’s toughest challenges.”
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made history becoming the first woman, first Black person and first Asian-American person to be elected to the office.
Biden has also named several members of the LGBTQ community to his transition team, The Advocate reports.