Black Talent Initiative

The Black Talent Initiative is focused on increasing diversity in the legislative branch of the federal government.

We will identify appointee positions in the incoming Presidential Administration that are important to Black communities, identify and vet top African American candidates for each position who have a commitment to racial equity, and submit the names and basic information of these candidates to transition officials for consideration.

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As our 2018 report on House Staff Diversity, our 2020 report on Senate Staff Diversity, and our six state reports on congressional delegation diversity have illustrated, a systematic effort is needed to ensure African Americans are represented in policy-making positions in Congress. As a joint collaboration of over 30 African-American organizations and over 250 policy and communications experts, the Black Talent Initiative provides candidates with tools to succeed and tracks the diversity on the Hill.

As it did in 2016, the Joint Center convened over 45 Black organizations to assemble names of strong and capable African American candidates for appointed positions in a new Administration. While there are over 4000 political appointments (including over 1000 that require Senate confirmation), this Initiative will focus on: (1) strategically identified leadership positions at the White House, executive branch agencies, and independent agencies with direct responsibilities in overseeing implementation of federal policies and programs that significantly and/or disproportionately affect Black communities; (2) federal prosecutors; and (3) federal judges.

Obtaining a Presidential Appointment with Reps. Horsford, Underwood, and Allred

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Black Talent Initiative

The Black Talent Initiative is focused on increasing diversity in the legislative branch of the federal government.

We will identify appointee positions in the incoming Presidential Administration that are important to Black communities, identify and vet top African American candidates for each position who have a commitment to racial equity, and submit the names and basic information of these candidates to transition officials for consideration.

bti-logo3

As our 2018 report on House Staff Diversity, our 2020 report on Senate Staff Diversity, and our six state reports on congressional delegation diversity have illustrated, a systematic effort is needed to ensure African Americans are represented in policy-making positions in Congress. As a joint collaboration of over 30 African-American organizations and over 250 policy and communications experts, the Black Talent Initiative provides candidates with tools to succeed and tracks the diversity on the Hill.

As it did in 2016, the Joint Center convened over 45 Black organizations to assemble names of strong and capable African American candidates for appointed positions in a new Administration. While there are over 4000 political appointments (including over 1000 that require Senate confirmation), this Initiative will focus on: (1) strategically identified leadership positions at the White House, executive branch agencies, and independent agencies with direct responsibilities in overseeing implementation of federal policies and programs that significantly and/or disproportionately affect Black communities; (2) federal prosecutors; and (3) federal judges.

Obtaining a Presidential Appointment with Reps. Horsford, Underwood, and Allred

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