Obama White House veterans Julie Chávez Rodriguez [photo above] and Adrian Saenz [photo below] go back to Pennsylvania Avenue with a sense of urgency and a feeling of starting from scratch.
As he stated in his victory speech, his campaign was supported by “the broadest and most diverse coalition in history.”
“I said at the outset, I wanted to represent this campaign to represent and look like America,” he stated. “We’ve done that. Now that’s what I want the administration to look like and act like.”
As he signed the orders in the Oval Office, a newly installed bust among Biden’s family photos did not go unnoticed. It was Cesar Chavez, the late farm worker organizer of Mexican descent, an icon of the labor rights movement.
See below 7 Latinos that Biden has nominated to key Cabinet positions!
Chávez Rodríguez [photo above] is director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
Chávez Rodríguez will be Biden’s connection to governors and local officials who are worried about security, the surge of the pandemic, the challenges of mass vaccinations and states’ economic hardships. She said that while the work is “a little overwhelming,” there’s “a real hunger” among governors of both parties and mayors to help solve problems.
Adrian Saenz is deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement.
Saenz will be engaging with different sectors of the U.S. population — racial and ethnic groups, those representing people with disabilities or special needs and faith-based groups — to help shape Biden’s policies and amplify them.
Alejandro Mayorkas is the first Latino and immigrant to head the Department of Homeland Security.
He is expected to overhaul Trump’s hard-line immigration policies and address the fallout of policies like family separations, as well as head the administration’s anti-terrorism strategy.
Xavier Becerra is the health and human services secretary.
He will be integral, as Biden pledges to distribute 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in his first 100 days — and as Latinos bear the disproportionate brunt of Covid-19 illnesses and deaths.
See photos of Bay Area visit.
Miguel Cardona is the education secretary.
He will be tasked with reopening the country’s schools while devising new federal guidelines about how to educate during the pandemic.
Isabel Guzman is the Small Business Administration.
She will help Latino businesses as they struggle to survive with fewer resources and less funding.
Here’s what Governor Newsom said of her:
“Isabel Guzman embodies the story of the California and American Dream. As the daughter of a small business owner, Isabel was raised witnessing the power and opportunity of American entrepreneurism. With Isabel’s appointment, President-Elect Biden has chosen a true champion for small businesses to be our country’s next SBA Administrator.
“For almost two years, she has worked tirelessly as part of my Administration to ensure California’s small businesses have a seat at the table. Her leadership has been fundamental in guiding this state through the ongoing economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As an entrepreneur and Governor of California, which is home to 4.1 million of America’s small businesses, I thank and congratulate President-Elect Biden on Isabel’s nomination. She will lead our country’s small business recovery with the same grace, dignity and inclusive mindset that she did for California.”
Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon – Chief of Staff for the First Lady.
Dominican-American attorney and former diplomat Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón will serve as incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s Chief of Staff.
“I wanted someone with heart and a passion for public service, ” Dr. Biden told NBC News. “I found all of that and more in Julissa–an accomplished diplomat, legal expert, and strategist.”