President Joe Biden has appointed a young American of Ghanaian origin as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
In this role, 33-year-old Gabe Kofi Amo will be liaising with all elected officials from the state and local governments.
He reports to Julie Chavez Rodriguez, the granddaughter of American labor leader Cesar Chavea.
Gabriel Kofi Amo’s father is Ghanaian (Gabriel Sr) and his mother is Liberian (Weady Beatrice Socree).
A native of Pawtucket in the US, Amo is also a Moses Brown graduate. He is one of the youngest appointees by the Biden White House.
While liaison between Biden and state and local elected officials across the country, his focus will be on building support for the president’s economic recovery plan.
There has been talks in Rhode Island political circles that Amo will run for statewide office at some point, although it’s unclear if that will come in 2022 when there will be open spots for secretary of state, treasurer, and lieutenant governor, reports online portal, DNT.
Gabe Amo graduated from Wheaton College and was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford.
He worked in the same office for President Barrack Obama before joining Raimondo’s staff as director of public engagement and community affairs.
He was a senior advisor on her reelection campaign in 2018 and worked on Mike Bloomberg’s failed campaign for president before jumping on board with Biden.