On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that he is nominating Shalanda Young to lead the White House budget office and Nani Coloretti to serve as Young’s deputy. If confirmed by the Senate, this would be the first time that two women of color will lead the agency, which helps the president develop an annual budget and monitors how tax dollars are spent.
Young would be the first black woman to lead the Office of Management and Budget if she does get the Senate confirmation vote. Coloretti, who is Filipino American, would be one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans in the Biden administration if she gets the vote as well. In a video announcement, Biden said that it was an honor to nominate “two extraordinary, history-making women” to lead the Office Management and Budget.
Young has already been serving as acting director of the office for much of the year. This was after Biden’s first nominee for the director’s position, Neera Tanden, faced bipartisan criticism for her previous attacks on lawmakers, and she ultimately withdrew from consideration.
Biden said Young has “continued to impress me” during her time as acting director. Yound was confirmed to be deputy director in March with nearly two-thirds supports and backing from multiple Republicans. As the former staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, Young had the support of top Democratic leaders, such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Biden said of his nominees that they are “two of the most experienced, qualified people to lead.”