And on Thursday, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Three women added To her list of top aides, the first time in history that women have held the top three positions in the US Vice President’s office.
Harris, the first black and American woman from South Asia to be elected vice president, announced on Twitter that she had appointed Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff, Rohini Cosoglu as a local policy advisor, and Nancy McKildowney as a national security advisor. Harris’ appointment of three women to senior auxiliary positions followed the announcement that Harris and President-elect Joe Biden would also have access to All communication team is female, Which is consistent with Biden’s commitment to “building an American-like administration.”
Flornoy, a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center, is currently the chief of staff for former President Bill Clinton. Prior to her current position, Flournoy served as Assistant to the President for Public Policy at the American Federation of Educators, an international association with more than 1.6 million members.
Flournoy comes to the Harris team with years of political experience. Over the past 30 years, she has held various positions in the Democratic Party including her role as general counsel to the 1992 Democratic National Convention and advisor to the Democratic National Committee under Paul Kirk and Ron Brown. In addition, Flournoy served as head of the Transition Team for Governor Howard Dean’s Democratic National Committee. Dean served as chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009.
After Harris’ announcement, Clinton took to Twitter to congratulate Flournoy on her new role after working with him for nearly eight years.
Kosoglu, appointed by Harris as a local policy advisor, is currently serving as senior advisor to Harris on the Biden-Harris transition team and previously working as a senior advisor on the Biden Harris campaign. Prior to these positions, Kosoglu held the position of Harris’ chief of staff in her Senate office, making her the first South Asian American woman to serve in this role in US Senate history. Kosoglu, who also served as chief of staff for Harris’ presidential campaign, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and George Washington. Earlier this year, she worked as a Resident Fellow for Spring 2020 at the Institute of Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
MacLedoni, appointed by Harris as a national security advisor, will join the team with more than 30 years of experience in the US diplomatic corps, having previously served as the US ambassador to Bulgaria, chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission in Turkey and Azerbaijan. .
Graduated from New College of Florida, Columbia University, and National Defense University, she spent early in her career as a leading political advisor in Europe. This included serving as Director of European Affairs for President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff, and as Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.
Harris’ new appointments add to the growing list of diverse leaders who will join the Biden Harris administration at the White House in January 2021.
Harris, along with the rest of her team, says that Flornoy, Cosoglu and McKeldowni “will work to control this virus, open our economy responsibly and make sure it raises the bar for all Americans, and restore and strengthen the leadership of our country around the world.”