Ethiopian-American to run Biden’s transition team
As the US Presidential Election intensifies ahead of a heated election that is mere months away, the leading candidate against President Donald J. Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden has selected Ethiopian-American, Yohannes Abraham to run his Presidential transition team.
The Obama era alumni, who is now teaching at Harvard’s prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government has seen his status rise within Democratic races and has most recently managed a successful electoral California Governor race.
"The next president will confront an ongoing global health pandemic and inherit an economy in its worst shape since the Great Depression. No one will have taken office facing such daunting obstacles since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Joe Biden is prepared to meet these urgent challenges on the day he is sworn in as president, and begin the hard work of addressing the public health crisis and rebuilding an economy that puts working families first," Senator Kaufman who selected him for his latest position said in a statement.
The Yale and Harvard MBA graduate, Yohannes, served as Chief of Staff for Valerie Jarrett, a close family friend who was the senior adviser to former President Barack Obama in the White House. He later on was the Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.
His most recently assignment was as Chief Operating Office at the Obama Foundation in Chicago.
He is known as a loyal Obama Democrat, which translates as community activist who aspire for elected office as a progressive.
He told The Los Angeles Times in 2016, how “We’re not political people. We’re Obama people,” describing the long and rich friendship he accumulated working in Obama's two term White House.
Yohannes is the brother of Jitu Abraham, a former Miss Ethiopia pageant winner in Washington DC and a noted broadcaster in her own right.
The Reporter attempted to reach out to Yohannes for comment but as of press time, he did not reply.