Maya Harris, vice president of democracy, rights and justice program for Ford Foundation, and Paul Tudor Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of Tudor Investment Corp., sit for a photograph at the Apollo Theater's spring gala in New York, U.S., on Monday, June 4, 2012. Vikram Pandit, chief executive officer of Citigroup Inc., received the Harlem theater's corporate award and Lionel Richie was inducted into the its hall of fame.

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Many believe that by hiring Maya Harris, Clinton hopes to speak to a wider demographic

Taylor Lewis
Apr, 17, 2015

Gearing up for what is sure to be a long presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton named three policy advisers, including the sister of California attorney general and Senate hopeful Kamala Harris.

Earlier this week, Clinton brought on Maya Harris, along with Jake Sullivan and Ann O'Leary, to offer expertise on everything from foreign policy to international human rights.

Before being hired by Clinton, Harris, who is the only one of the three who has not previously worked alongside Clinton, served as a dean at the Lincoln Law School of San Jose and worked as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

As a senior fellow, she emphasized the importance of the Black female vote, penning a paper titled, "Women of Color: A Growing Force in the American Electorate." Using statistics that show that Black women are the most likely demographic to vote, she urged politicians to focus their efforts on women of color. "Women are the country's largest voting bloc, and women of color are the fastest-growing segment of that group," she wrote in her paper, arguing that politicians shouldn't go through a larger demographic to reach Black women specifically.

Political experts believe that by bringing on Harris, Clinton intends to dedicate a large portion of her campaign to underrepresented populations.