The committee, which is tasked with raising funds and organizing introductory events, promises that in its planning it will give priority to “protecting people and preventing the spread of COVID-19 while engaging all Americans.”
Tony Allen, who worked as Biden’s speech when he was a senator, will take the helm as CEO. Allen, who the recruitment team says will serve in a personal capacity, is currently president of Delaware State University, HBCU.
Maju Varghese will be the CEO. Vargese was chief operating officer and senior adviser on Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020, beginning with the primary election.
Erin Wilson and Ivana Kanchela will work as deputy executives. Wilson came to a position with experience in Biden̵
The team, made up of women and people of color, is particularly diverse and lives up to Biden’s promise to build a team that reflects the country.
“I hope the president is there on Foundation Day,” Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican responsible for overseeing January’s inauguration, told Dana Bash on CNN on Sunday.
Biden’s inauguration will take place on January 20. As stated in the US Constitution, power is transferred at noon the same day after the president is sworn in.
While the construction of the parade platform for the Biden opening ceremonies is already underway in Washington, the people in charge of planning the event are preparing for a much different scene than in previous inaugurations. The event itself is expected to be smaller and attendees will have to wear masks and maintain social distance within the ticket parameters. The platform is expected to accommodate far fewer than 1,600 people, and there is also ongoing discussion about requiring Covid-19 tests for anyone who will stand on the main platform near the 78-year-old president-elect.
In the summer, Biden said he did not want to wear a mask for his inauguration, and an aide told CNN that this was still the preference of the newly elected president. The congressional committee determined that everyone would have to follow the guidelines for mask and social distancing.
And the choir, which is usually on the rise behind the president, may not happen at all, according to an aide. The naval group, which played at every ceremony since 1801, still had to participate.