Gender & Power: A Conversation with Women from the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an outsized impact on women and girls, especially women of color. It has also shown time and again, that when women lead, they can have enormous positive effects on the health and lives of all people. While inclusion of women in COVID-19 decision-making bodies globally has been sparse, the Biden-Harris Administration chose a different path when forming its Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. The 16-member team consisted of a diverse group — of which seven were women and more than half people of color.

This event will spotlight four women who served on the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. We will hear from them on why bringing a gendered and intersectional lens to the pandemic response is critical for progress, what this could look like in the U.S., and how their own identities and experiences have helped to shape their work on the Advisory Board and beyond. 

Speakers served on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board in their personal capacity.

  • Dr. Celine Gounder, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, NYU Grossman School of Medicine 
  • Dr. Jill Jim, Executive Director, Navajo Department of Health
  • Dr. Julie Morita, Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Loyce Pace, Director of the Office of Global Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Moderator: Amie Batson, Executive Director, WomenLift Health