Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) has been appointed senior advisor to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. His appointment gives the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and African-American communities in general, a direct line to top leadership in the Biden White House.

While in Congress, Richmond held a number of leadership positions, including chair of the CBC, house democratic assistant to the majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, and membership on the prestigious House Ways and Means Committee. The 47-year-old Morehouse College and Tulane Law School graduate was also co-chair of Biden’s presidential campaign.

Reportedly, 46 percent of paid staff on the Biden-Harris transition team are people of color and includes experts focused on tearing down barriers to Black success in the economy.