The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member.
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, 28, holds the position of Outreach and Outreach and Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.
White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett says Gurspan’s official duties include “improving the lives of transgender Americans reflects the values of the Obama administration.”
Gurspan, whose birth name is Rafael, was adopted from the Honduras and grew up in Brookline, Mass.
Gurspan is a graduate of St. Olaf College. He holds a degree in Political Science.