Today, President Biden announced that Shuwanza Goff will serve as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs.

Statement from President Biden:

“Since taking office, I have relied on Louisa Terrell’s wise counsel and tireless engagement with our nation’s legislators, and she has delivered for the American people. I am pleased to announce that Shuwanza Goff, a Day 1 member of my team, will serve as my new Director of Legislative Affairs and help finish the job.

“Shuwanza is a proven leader and trusted voice on both sides of the aisle. She returns to the White House with strong relationships across both Chambers, forged over more than a decade on Capitol Hill.

“As my Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, Shuwanza helped pass monumental pieces of legislation through Congress: from the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, to the Chips and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act.

“Shuwanza’s close partnership with my decades-long friends in the House and Senate, and her expertise, instincts and deep respect for the United States Congress will continue to serve our Administration and the American people well.”

Goff will be the first African-American woman to serve as White House Director of Legislative Affairs.

Shuwanza Goff, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs

Shuwanza Goff recently served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of White House Legislative Affairs and House Liaison.

In this role, she led negotiations with Congressional leaders and coordinated outreach to advance White House initiatives and priorities on issues including infrastructure, COVID-19, postal reform, gun violence, semiconductors, healthcare and two major reconciliation packages. In addition, she assisted in the historic confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Prior to this role, Shuwanza was the director of legislative operations in the office of the Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, where she was appointed as the first African-American woman to serve as floor director for the U.S. House of Representatives. In this role, she developed, presented, and executed legislative strategies and coordinated legislative activity with Democratic and Republican House leadership offices, the Senate, and the White House. Additionally, she determined which bills came to the House floor, set the legislative schedule, and helped craft the overall House Democratic agenda.

Shuwanza began her career on Capitol Hill in 2008 in the office of the Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer.

Shuwanza received her Master’s in Science in justice, law and society from American University and her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Tennessee. She is a native of Virginia.


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