Ivanka Trump's role in her father's administration is shaping up to be a powerful one. Now she's tapped Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell as an unofficial adviser on policy and staffing, Politico reports.
As president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Powell heads up the 10,000 Women initiative, the bank's program that provides business and management education to underserved women entrepreneurs around the world. Ivanka's collaboration with Egyptian-born Powell could serve to strengthen her position as a champion for women and minorities in business.
Powell, 42, does have some political experience. She previously ran the White House personnel office and served as assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs under President George W. Bush. While the Trump camp has positioned Ivanka as having influence in the administration, her silence on her father's sexist comments during his campaign, as well as his controversial proposal on paid parental leave policy, have left many nonplussed.
And Powell's position at Goldman Sachs could bring up other concerns of a Trump administration heavily influenced by Wall Street. If confirmed, a Trump cabinet would include former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn and partner Steven Mnuchin. Two Goldman alumni, former bankers Steve Bannon and Anthony Scaramucci, are already part of Trump's transition team.