Jill Biden staffs up East Wing, signaling shift from Melania Trump

Jill Biden staffs up East Wing, signaling shift from Melania Trump


Jill Biden, the president-elect’s wife, has picked her chief of staff, foreshadowing a busier East Wing than that of first lady Melania Trump.

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon will lead Biden’s agenda, which she has long said would prioritize education and cancer research. Along with her first lady duties, Biden will juggle a college English and writing post, making her the first presidential wife to hold a day job while her husband is serving.

Anthony Bernal will help Biden, 69, and Pantaleon as a senior adviser.

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As second lady, Biden taught at Northern Virginia Community College, pushing for two years of tuition-free community college, and worked with first lady Michelle Obama to support military families. Biden’s interests in cancer research and military families are inspired by her stepson Beau, who died of glioblastoma in 2015 at the age of 46 after serving in Iraq for a year.

President-elect Joe Biden also named several key staff members as the presumptive

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