Meet the POC Joining Joe Biden’s Campaign
Former VP Joe Biden on Thursday finally made his 2020 presidential campaign official and also rolled out a diverse slate of top staffers. Anthony Bernál is one of three Deputy Campaign Managers and will serve as Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden. The University of Texas at El Paso graduate has been with Dr. Biden’s team since 2008, when he worked for her office during the first Obama-Biden campaign. Bernál also worked as a Special Assistant to the President; was Director of Scheduling and Deputy COS to Dr. Biden during her husband’s time as VP; and served in her office post-White House. Cristóbal Alex, Brandon English, and Symone Sanders joined the Biden campaign as Senior Advisors. Alex was most recently at the helm of Latino Victory, a progressive organization working to grow Latino political power. The native of El Paso, Texas -- who received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law -- spent five years with the organization, and under his leadership, Latino Victory became one of the top players in Latinx politics through its three projects: Latino Victory Fund, Latino Victory Project, and Latino Victory Foundation. English was most recently a Senior Advisor at GPS Impact, a user-focused design and digital firm. Prior to that, the Brown University graduate was the Deputy Executive Director and Digital Director of the DCCC. Sanders was most recently a CNN political commentator and a Principal at 360 Group LLC. The Creighton University grad previously worked with Priorities USA, the largest Democratic Party Super PAC, and also served as Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) National Press Secretary during his 2016 presidential campaign. Vanessa Cárdenas will serve as National Coalitions Director. The double George Mason University graduate was most recently the Senior Director of National Outreach at EMILY's List. Previously, she worked at the World Wildlife Foundation’s Climaticó! Magazine; at the Center for American Progress; and at the National Immigration Forum, among others. Michelle Kwan is Surrogates Director for the campaign. The Olympic silver and bronze medalist worked in a similar capacity for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The University of Denver grad, who holds a Master’s from Tufts University, also worked at the State Department, named a Public Diplomacy Ambassador, and was appointed by then-President Obama to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Jamal Brown is one of two National Press Secretaries for the campaign. The Dartmouth College graduate was most recently the Director of Regional Press for When We All Vote. Previously, Brown spent time with Civic Advisors LLC, Civitas Public Affairs Group, and with the Obama White House. Remi Yamamoto is the Traveling National Press Secretary. The George Washington University grad was most recently the Communications Director for Fred Hubbell’s Iowa gubernatorial campaign. She is an alumna of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as well as Tom Perriello's Virginia gubernatorial campaign. Sherice Perry will serve as Communications Director for Dr. Biden. The University of Pennsylvania graduate, who holds a Master’s from Georgetown University, was most recently a VP at Spitfire Strategies, where she focused on health policy. We'll keep you posted on other top campaign hires.