Julissa Reynoso, chief of staff for the First Lady and former US ambassador to Uruguay, will be the co-chair of the White House Gender Policy Council in the Biden administration. Reynoso will be joined by Jennifer Klein, former senior adviser to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, who will also act as co-chair.
The council is a reformulation of the Obama’s administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls. Unlike previous gender working groups, this one will report directly to the president, and it will include full-time staff and high-level representation in all offices. It will also “directly collaborate with every agency across government, working on all of the issues that touch American lives, most notably women’s lives, such as national security, health care and economics.” The council will play a critical role in pushing forward Biden’s agenda and take a government-wide approach to gender equity and equality.
Reynoso is a member on-leave of the Inter-American Dialogue.