Thirty-five percent of Joe Biden’s full-time staff are people of color, a Biden campaign aide told CNN, while 36 percent of senior staff are people of color. Both senior staff and full-time staff are majority women, with 53% full-time staff and 58% of senior staff identifying as female. Five percent of staff chose not to specify, the aide told CNN.
The newly disclosed data does not indicate a complete breakdown of staffers based on race and ethnicity.
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign released some of its numbers later Saturday.
Of the campaign’s full-time staff, 52% are women, while senior staff are comprised of 56% women and 25% people of color, a spokesperson told CNN’s Donald Judd. A breakdown of people of color throughout the full-time staff was not available, the spokesperson said.
Alida Garcia, the co-founder of Inclusv, a diversity in political group, told CNN before the Trump campaign released its numbers that the firm was “excited” to see the Biden campaign “hit this great first step toward transparency around their makeup. team, “but pointed out that there is” obviously room for growth. “
“We have optimism that they’ll be able to maybe even beat the numbers where Hillary Clinton ended up at her campaign,” Garcia said.
Per the aide, senior staff includes department heads, senior advisers, deputy campaign managers, and senior consultants who spend the majority of their time on the campaign, and others. The aide notes that the campaign is still continuing the hiring process and expects to continue to add key leaders across the campaign.
The release of the data comes after Biden was pressed on the diversity of his top staff during a town hall focusing on issues affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and amid a growing national conversation on racial justice and inclusion.
Biden confirmed to the question-asker that it was and directed his staff to release data diversity after the event.
“We’ll release data diversity today when we get off this call. We’ll call you, and the fact of the matter is we have a very diverse staff. And we have a diverse staff that goes across the board, in high. level and senior positions, ”Biden said.
Garcia told CNN that Inclusv has been working with the Biden campaign for months on building a diverse team and previewed that they will be working on tandem in the coming weeks to hold seminars and events for people of color who are interested in being involved in the campaign.
Pointing to the lack of specificity in the data released, Garcia said, “Giving each community a better understanding of where they stand within the organization is really important both for the organization to self-reflect to make sure that they are building the teams in. states that reflect the voters of the states but for outside entities to assess how much of a seat at the table they truly have. “
“At a minimum, we believe that democratic campaigns should be reflective of the voters who make up their voting shares for their pathways to victory,” Garcia said.
Biden has often touted his team’s diversity on the campaign trail, telling voters who questioned how he would be an inclusive president to, “look at my staff.” He’s also made a pledge that he’ll have a diverse administration that “looks like America,” though his recent campaign won’t provide data diversity to BuzzFeed News when asked.
In response to the specific question Biden was asked Saturday about Asian American and Pacific Islander representation during the town hall, the campaign noted that AAPI senior leaders on the campaign included the campaign’s chief financial officer, chief operating officer, national voter protection director, digital chief. of staff, director of digital partnerships and surrogates director.
This story has been updated to include diversity numbers from the Trump campaign.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Inclusv.