Ethiopian-American Yohannes Abraham currently serves as the Executive Director of the Biden-Harris Transition, overseeing preparation for the implementation of Biden-Harris policy, personnel, and management priorities.
He has also been announced as the Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary of the White House National Security Council (NSC)
Yohannes Abraham is also on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he lectures on management. During the Obama-Biden administration, Abraham served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council.
He also worked as Chief of Staff of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, where his team partnered with cities, states, and other key stakeholders to manage crises and support domestic and national security policy priorities.
He served on the leadership team of the Vanguard Group’s global investment unit and as a Senior Advisor at the Obama Foundation.
A native of Springfield, Virginia, Abraham holds a BA from Yale College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Abraham is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he previously served as a Residential Fellow at the Institute of Politics.
Born to Ethiopian immigrant parents, he graduated from the prestigious University of Yale, received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.