Oak Park resident Sheila Nix has been appointed chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education’s secretary in the Biden-Harris presidential administration. 

Nix, who has lived in Oak Park on and off since 2004, served as senior advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris during the 2020 presidential campaign.

In an August 2020 interview, Nix told Wednesday Journal she was “very excited” to be part of the Biden-Harris team. She previously served as First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s chief of staff in her time as second lady during the Obama-Biden administration. 

She told Wednesday Journal that she believed then-former Vice President Joe Biden would be the right candidate to get the United States “back on track” particularly in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic turmoil.

“Vice President Biden has a lot of experience. He’s been doing this for a long time,” said Nix. “He believes in science. He listens to experts.”

 She previously served as Jill Biden’s chief of staff in her time as second lady during the Obama-Biden administration. Her White House credentials also include serving as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama as well as then Vice President Biden’s campaign chief of staff during the 2012 campaign.

Outside of the White House, Nix served as president of philanthropy for political strategy consulting firm Tusk Strategies, where she spearheaded efforts to increase voter participation through mobile means. 

Also within the philanthropic sphere, Nix worked with U2 musician Bono’s ONE Campaign as the organization’s U.S executive director. 

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