President-elect Joe Biden announced several new picks for his incoming administration on Monday (November 23).
He named Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the US ambassador to the UN. Shuwanza Goff will serve as the deputy director of the Office of Legislative Affairs in the Biden-Harris Administration.
Thomas-Greenfield served in the US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs from 2013-2017 under former President Barack Obama and has a career in public service that spans 35 years.
After retiring from the State Department where she was known as “LTG” she worked as a senior counselor at the Albright Stonebridge firm, founded by her mentor, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
She tweeted about her appointment and its meaning for lessons her mother taught her, with former colleagues joining in support of the pick.
Goff will serve alongside Reema Dodin in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Goff previously made history as the first Black woman to be the floor director for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a role which helped Democrats set an agenda.
Goff received praise from Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina for her talent and track record.
The president-elect’s picks show a strong effort by his administration to increase diversity and select individuals with experience in public service, as promised on the campaign trail.
“Today’s appointees will help advance our agenda and ensure every American has a fair shot," President-elect Biden said in a statement.
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