MBU Graduate Named to White House Staff

January 14, 2021

Christian Peele ’05 giving the Commencement keynote address for Mary Baldwin in 2015.

Christian Peele ’05 will soon head to the White House to serve as deputy director of management and administration for personnel for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. 

Christian Peele ’05 giving the Commencement keynote address for Mary Baldwin in 2015.

Currently serving as the deputy lead for operations in the Biden-Harris Transition, Peele previously founded a consulting practice supporting operations for social impact organizations. She has also held roles as director of operations for Stop the Spread at ImpactAssets and as executive director of institutional advancement at the historic Riverside Church in New York City. 

In the Obama-Biden administration, Peele served in two positions: director of the White House Internship Program, followed by deputy director for White House operations. 

Originally from North Carolina, Peele came to Mary Baldwin as part of the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted when she was just 14 years old. After graduating in 2005, she became the youngest person to earn a master of divinity from Duke Divinity School at age 20. 

Returning to Mary Baldwin in 2015 as the Commencement keynote speaker, she encouraged graduates to live their lives with openness and perspective.

“In every adventure that matters you’ll be challenged to choose the way you will see,” she said in her address. “Keep your eyes wide open to understand furiously and intensely the right now and to see, with your mind’s eye, the yet unseen frame of what can be, the possibility of justice, the possibility of change, the possibility of our world renewed.”