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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Names Caren Street As Next Chief of Staff

May 14, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) named Caren Street as her next Chief of Staff. Caren was formerly the Policy Director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a bicameral, bipartisan 48-member congressional caucus.

During her time with the Caucus, Caren played an integral role in drafting the 130-page document that members of the CBC Executive Committee delivered to President Trump during their meeting in March of 2017. Caren also played a leading role in converting the document, which provided policy solutions to advance Black families in the 21st century, into the “Jobs and Justice Act of 2018”, an omnibus bill introduced last week which calls for major investment in infrastructure and work force development, in addition to extensive reform of our criminal justice system. Caren also played a key role in preserving the diveristy visa program and uplifting the voices of impacted immigrants.

Prior to joining the CBC, Caren worked for former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for almost 9 years, most recently serving as Senior Policy Advisor for business, economic development, and labor issues. Caren began her Hill career as an intern and staff assistant for Johnny Isakson (R-GA). Caren is a product of Howard University and earned her law degree from George Washington University at night while working full-time.