Who is Tina Flournoy? Find out more about the woman rumoured to be elected into the new White House office.

According to CNN, Tina Flournoy has been chosen by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to be her chief of staff.

When Flournoy joins the White House staff, she will be joining at two other women of colour holding senior roles in Kamala Harris’ office. Symone Sanders is set to serve as a senior adviser and chief spokesperson, while Ashley Etienne will become communications director for Harris.

Although there hasn’t been any official confirmation on Tina Flournoy’s appointment, a source with knowledge of the decision has reportedly revealed it.

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Who is Tina Flournoy?

Tina Flournoy is currently serving as chief of staff to Bill Clinton, but worked as assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers, which is a union that represents 1.7m members.

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Within her role there, Flournoy led work in political mobilization, human rights and community outreach departments.

She has also worked various roles within the Democratic Party such as senior adviser to Howard Dean, then Democratic National Convention Chairman, in 2005. According to her online biography, she was the traveling chief of staff to 2000 vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman and finance director for then-Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

Before that, Tina Flournoy was deputy campaign manager in the 1992 Clinton and Gore Presidential Transition Office and in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

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Her role in ‘Coloured Girls’ political group

Self-named political group ‘Coloured Girls’ was a group of political staff in the late 80s, which consisted of Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore and Tina Flournoy, all of who are black women. The power group went on to publish a book titled For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Politics.

According to reports, the women were all working on the presidential campaign of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, although they weren’t official members of the campaign.

When the “official leaders” decided to move themselves to a different floor, the women moved to a room on an even higher floor and taped a sign to the door reading: “COLOURED GIRLS…WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED.”

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