The former mayor of Atlanta, and one of Biden’s shortlisted candidates for Vice President in 2020, Keisha Lance Bottoms, will join the White House as a Senior Aide to the President.
The White House will formally announce her as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement on Wednesday. She joins the ranks of those who have direct access to the President and some of the nation’s most sensitive and urgent happenings.
According to a senior administration official, bottoms has committed to serve at least through the midterms.
“I know what it’s like to lead through difficult times and how important it is to have strong leaders around you to navigate,” she told Axios.
Bottoms was one of the individuals on the shortlist as a choice for Biden’s Vice Presidential running mates. Albeit, Kamala Harris took that spot. At the time, Biden had asked Bottoms to lead the Small Business Administration, an offer she turned down, according to Axios.
Bottoms will fill a vacancy created by Cedric Richmond, who recently moved to a senior role at the Democratic National Committee after serving as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Keisha Bottoms was mayor of Atlanta when riots and looting broke out across the city in July 2020 causing millions in financial damage across the city.
Violent protesters torched the Wendy’s and set up armed checkpoints in the area. The 8-year-old girl was killed when the car she was in with her mother came upon a group of armed protesters blocking the road at the Wendy’s where Rayshard Johnson was killed while resisting arrest and attacking police.
The mother lashed out at the armed mob after she lost her daughter.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) July 5, 2020
It wasn’t until after the death that Mayor Bottoms called off the dogs and told protesters to go home.