The Congressional Black Caucus said on Tuesday it was appointing an assistant to Vice President Kamala Harris as its new executive director.
Vince Evans returns to Capitol Hill after nearly a year in the vice president’s office as Harris’ deputy director for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.
Evans is one of a series of staff departures from Harris’s office in recent months as she faces the high expectations and scrutiny that come with being a vice president.
As the Executive Director of the 56-member CBC, Evans will work closely with Group President, Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), to help realize her vision.
“Vincent will help the CBC reach greater heights and make substantial progress in 2022,” said Beatty. “In addition to his experience, he brings a great passion for strengthening the top priorities of the CBC in the future.
In a statement, Evans said he was “deeply honored” to be chosen for the post.
“I started my career in Washington working for a member of the CBC, so I know firsthand the tremendous leadership and impact of this caucus in Congress and across the country,” Evans said. “As we write the next chapter in CBC history, I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring my experience and passion to the service of the collective vision of this historically rich caucus. “
He replaces Kyle Anderson, who left in October. An administration official said Anderson never intended to stay in office for the entire duration of Beatty’s two-year tenure as chairman.
“Vince has been an invaluable member of our team,” said Sabrina Singh, deputy Harris press secretary. “We are grateful for Vince’s service and dedication, and we look forward to working with him in his new role at the Congressional Black Caucus.”
Evans will serve as chief of staff for one of the most influential caucuses in Congress, overseeing its day-to-day activities and working with members and their key staff to coordinate and implement priorities and the legislative agenda.
In 2022, that will include trying to revive the Democrats’ social safety net spending bill and passing voting rights reform.
“Vince not only has the professional means, ability, strength and stamina to do this job, but he’s also someone with a heart of gold,” said Angela Rye, former CEO of CBC.
Evans, a native of Florida, began his political career as an assistant to a Tallahassee City Commissioner and a staff member of the Florida State Senate, serving as a senior executive to Representative Al Lawson (D- Fla.). During the 2020 presidential cycle, he served as the southern political director of the Biden campaign and the political director of the running mate.
“He just brings a wealth of knowledge to the caucus, and I think that’s very important because you have a lot of different personalities,” Lawson said.
CBC members include a host of leaders, including Rep. Jim Clyburn (DS.C.), the No.3 Democrat in the House, and Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, the fifth-largest Democrat.
Former CBC Presidents Cedric Richmond and Marcia Fudge now sit in the Biden administration, with Richmond leading the White House Office of Public Engagement and Fudge leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development.