President-elect Biden and his team have announced the high-level appointments and nominations below, including for Cabinet positions. Many require Senate confirmation; we will continue to track the process.


Cabinet Secretary Nominee: Xavier Beccera

Prior to his tenure as Attorney General, Becerra served 12 terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming a key fixture of the Committee on Ways and Means, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Social Security, and, ultimately, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

Becerra currently serves as the 33rd Attorney General of California, the first Latino to hold the position in the 171 years of its existence. In November 2020, he led the defense of the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court on behalf of 20 states and the District of Columbia. If confirmed, he would be the first Latino to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Surgeon General Nominee: Dr. Vivek Murthy

Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the Senate in 2014 to serve as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States and currently serves as co-chair of the President-elect’s COVID-19 Advisory Board. A decorated physician, research scientist, and former Vice Admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Dr. Murthy is among the most trusted voices in America on matters of public health.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control Nominee: Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Dr. Rochelle Walensky currently serves as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. An influential scholar whose pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV/AIDS, Dr. Walensky is one of America’s most respected experts on the value of testing and treatment of deadly viruses.

COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith currently serves as Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management and Associate Dean for Health Equity Research at the Yale School of Medicine. A co-chair of the President-elect’s COVID-19 Advisory Board, she is one of America’s most distinguished and influential experts on persistent inequities in health care and health outcomes.

Chief Medical Adviser on COVID-19 to the President: Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of America’s most trusted and accomplished scientific voices, a world-renowned infectious disease expert who has served as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. A prominent adviser to the last six U.S. presidents on a broad range of health and medical issues, Dr. Fauci has played a critical role in shaping and implementing the national and global response to every major public health threat that has emerged over the last four decades.

Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response and Counselor to the President: Jeff Zients

Jeff Zients is a renowned crisis manager and public servant who has earned widespread acclaim for his ability to successfully navigate large, complex initiatives through formidable challenges. Among a litany of notable accomplishments, he is credited with having led both the 2013 tech surge to revitalize as well as the 2009 Cash for Clunkers program to help revive the U.S. auto industry while improving fuel efficiency.

Deputy Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response: Natalie Quillian

Natalie Quillian is a national security expert and former White House and Pentagon senior adviser who most recently served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Biden for President, where she helped lead campaign operations, election security matters, and other management functions—including leading the campaign’s approach to COVID-19 safety for the candidates, campaign staff, and thousands of volunteers. 


Cabinet Secretary Nominee: Antony Blinken

Antony Blinken has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over three decades, and has advised President-elect Biden on foreign policy since 2002.

Prior to serving as foreign policy adviser during the Biden-Harris campaign and transition, Mr. Blinken served as Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania and was the Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Cabinet Secretary Nominee: Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas is the first Latino and first immigrant nominated to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security. Mr. Mayorkas served as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Obama-Biden administration from 2013 to 2016, and as the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from 2009 to 2013.

Mr. Mayorkas has also led a distinguished legal career in the private sector, at O’Melveny & Myers and most recently at WilmerHale, where he has specialized in strategic counseling and crisis management.

Q&A Cabinet Appointee: Department of Homeland Security

Director of National Intelligence Nominee: Avril Haines

Avril Haines has worked with President-elect Biden in various roles for more than a decade, and will become the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence. During the Obama administration, Ms. Haines served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor from 2015 to 2017, when she led the National Security Council’s (NSC) Deputies Committee. From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Haines was the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. She was the first woman to hold these positions.

Ms. Haines began her service in the Obama administration in 2010 as the NSC Legal Advisor. From 2007 to 2008, Ms. Haines served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee while President-elect Biden served as Chairman.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nominee: Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Retired Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat, is returning to public service after retiring in 2017 from a 35-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service. From 2013 to 2017, she served as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, where she led the Bureau, focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012-2013), leading a team in charge of the State Department’s 70,000-strong workforce.

Since 2017, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has led the Africa Practice at Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic commercial diplomacy firm chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Nominee: John Kerry

John Kerry served as America’s 68th Secretary of State, the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman to serve as Secretary in over a century. He was elected Massachusetts’ Lieutenant Governor in 1982 and U.S. Senator in 1984.

Q&A Cabinet Appointee: Special Climate Envoy


Cabinet Secretary Nominee: Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen served as the 15th Chair of the Federal Reserve, the first woman to lead America’s central banking system. Among the most accomplished and decorated economists in modern history, she will become if confirmed, the first woman to lead the Treasury Department in its 231 years of existence, and the first person to ever serve as Treasury Secretary, Chair of the Federal Reserve, and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Prior to becoming Chair of the Federal Reserve, Ms. Yellen served as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014, following an earlier term on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Nominee: Wally Adeyemo

Wally Adeyemo serves as President of the Obama Foundation. During the Obama-Biden administration, Mr. Adeyemo served as the President Obama’s senior international economic adviser and held a broad range of posts, including Deputy National Security Advisor, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and senior adviser and deputy chief of staff at the Department of the Treasury.

Office of Management and Budget Director Nominee: Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden currently serves as President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, an organization dedicated to advancing policies that increase opportunity for every American. If confirmed, Ms. Tanden would be the first woman of color and the first South Asian American to lead the OMB.

The Council of Economic Advisers, Chair Nominee: Cecilia Rouse

Cecilia Rouse currently serves as Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. If confirmed, she will become just the first African American and just the fourth woman to lead the CEA in its 74 years of existence.

Before taking on her role as Dean in 2012, Ms. Rouse served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama-Biden administration and on the National Economic Council in the Clinton administration as Special Assistant to President Clinton. Ms. Rouse joined the Princeton faculty in 1992 and has authored landmark papers on a variety of economic policy issues.

The Council of Economic Advisers, Member: Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein served as chief economist to then-Vice President Biden in the Obama-Biden administration before joining the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he has served as a senior fellow since 2011.

Mr. Bernstein previously served as Executive Director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class and as an economic adviser to President Obama. Prior to his service in the Obama-Biden administration, he was a Senior Economist and Director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute, and served as Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor under President Clinton.

The Council of Economic Advisers, Member: Heather Boushey

Heather Boushey is a long-time economic counselor to President-elect Biden and currently serves as President and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a nonprofit research and grant-making organization she co-founded in 2013.

Ms. Boushey served as Chief Economist for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential transition team, and previously served as an economist for the Center for American Progress, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute.