Emma Vadehra Writes Piece on Concrete Steps for a New Administration to Build a More Diverse and Inclusive Government – Next100
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Emma Vadehra Writes Piece on Concrete Steps for a New Administration to Build a More Diverse and Inclusive Government

There are profound ripple effects from having a federal government made up of people who don’t look like or live like America — and it’s not just a matter of symbolism.

Next100 executive director Emma Vadehra wrote a piece for Talking Points Memo arguing that President-elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris have an opportunity and an obligation to assemble, retain, and empower an administration that prioritizes diversity up and down its ranks, not just in terms of demographics but also in terms of proximity to the challenges that government addresses. Emma writes:

“The processes senior officials use to make hiring decisions at every level — and the priorities signaled through those processes and decisions — have significant implications, not just for what policies are enacted, but also for how policy is implemented, and for public trust in government moving forward.”

 

Read the full piece, “A More Diverse And Inclusive Gov’t Could Be Biden’s Most Significant Policy Legacy. But It Must Extend Beyond Admin Leadership.

About the Author

Emma Vadehra Education & Early Years

Emma Vadehra is the executive director of Next100. She previously served as chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education under Secretaries Arne Duncan and John B. King, Jr. and as senior education counsel for the late senator Edward M. Kennedy. She is an education policy wonk, an advocate for progressive policy change, and a believer in the next generation.

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