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Alumni Named to Senior Positions in Biden Administration

Louisa Terrell ’95 and John Kerry ’76 have been named to senior leadership positions in President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration. Terrell has been named Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, and former Senator and US Secretary of State Kerry has been appointed as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Biden announced their selections on Monday along with other administration and cabinet members, and will make formal remarks about their appointments at an event being held Tuesday in Delaware. 

Terrell currently serves on the Biden-Harris transition team in legislative affairs. She has extensive experience in both the private and public sector, where she notably served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in the Obama-Biden administration.

Kerry has been a driving force for America’s climate policy. He was the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009, where he chaired hearings and negotiated legislation on climate change. In 2015, he signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the US to reduce carbon emissions.

Terrell’s appointment was announced in The Washington Post and featured in NPR and CNN, and Kerry’s appointment was featured in NBC News, CNN, and the New York Times.

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