Baton Rouge native becomes first black woman to head White House budget office

WASHINGTON (WAFB) — Baton Rouge native Shalanda Young has become the first black woman to be named director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

“Congratulations on this historic achievement, Shalanda! You continue to make your home state proud,” tweeted Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

Young was confirmed with bipartisan support by the US Senate on Tuesday, March 15. Senators voted 61 to 36 to confirm her to the post. She has served as Acting Office Manager for the past year.

Young worked on the House Appropriations Committee for more than 14 years and became the first black woman to serve as the committee’s staff director in 2017.

“It shouldn’t have taken this long to confirm someone as obviously as qualified as Shalanda Young. She has been leading the OMB for almost a year. She knows the budgetary and appropriations processes like the back of her hand. She proved able to work with both Republicans and Democrats. And it is through his guidance that the administration has won some of its greatest victories, including passing the bipartisan Infrastructure Act,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York).

Young holds a master’s degree from Tulane University and a bachelor of arts from Loyola University in New Orleans.

The Office of Management and Budget “assists the President of the United States by overseeing the implementation of his vision across the executive branch. The mission of the OMB is to assist the President in achieving policy, budgetary, managerial and regulatory objectives and in discharging the statutory responsibilities of the agency,” according to the White House website.

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