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Spelman Alumnae Join the Biden-Harris Administration

January 2021

Several Spelman alumnae now hold distinctive roles in the historic President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris administration.

Spelman Alumna Amijah Townsend-Holmes Joins Biden Administration Amijah Townsend-Holmes, C’2019, was appointed press assistant to the 46th president. She previously served as a personnel assistant on the Biden-Harris transition team, and prior to that she served as the communications assistant to Vice President Harris.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Townsend-Holmes was an international studies major, Spanish minor and WEL Scholar at Spelman.

 

Spelman Alumna Rosemary Enobakhare Joins Biden Administration

Rosemary Enobakhare, C’2008, was sworn in on inauguration day as associate administrator for public engagement and environmental education at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Enobakhare returns to the EPA after serving as the deputy associate administrator for public engagement and environmental education during President Barack Obama’s administration. Most recently, she was the director of campaigns at The Hub Project, an organization that builds coalitions and provides resources, capacity, infrastructure and expertise to partners in the progressive movement. There she developed and managed large-scale advocacy campaigns.


Spelman Janelle Jones Joins the Biden Administration Janelle Jones, C’2006,  joins the Biden-Harris administration as the chief economist for the Department of Labor.

"I am excited to help build back a better economy where workers, especially those usually left behind, are safe, secure and empowered in the workplace," Jones tweeted on inauguration day.

Before joining the Biden-Harris administration, Jones was managing director of policy and research at the Groundwork Collaborative and policy and research director at The Hub Project. She was an economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute through 2018. She is an economic analyst working on a variety of labor market topics within EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) and the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN).

Jones was previously a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), where she worked on topics including racial inequality, unemployment, job quality, and unions. Her research has been cited in The New Yorker, The Economist, Harper’s, The Washington Post, The Review of Black Political Economy, and other publications. She also worked as an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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