Biden Names All-Female Senior Communications Team
PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden has announced a history-making incoming White House communications team, naming seven women – many of them having served previously in the Obama administration – to senior roles.
This is the first time in American history that these communications roles will be filled entirely by women, according to a Sunday news release from Biden’s transition team. Kate Bedingfield, the former communications director for the Biden campaign, will serve as White House communications director and Jen Psaki, who currently oversees the transition’s confirmations team, will be Biden’s press secretary.
Others announced include deputy communications director Pili Tobar, principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Elizabeth Alexander, who will serve as the communications director for incoming first lady Jill Biden. Ashley Etienne and Symone Sanders will both serve in senior communications roles for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Sanders, who was press secretary for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign before signing on with Biden for the 2020 race, will also be a senior adviser.
“Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a President, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Biden said in a statement. “These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.”
Biden also continues the trend of filling his team with Obama administration veterans. Alexander, Bedingfield, Etienne, Jean-Pierre and Psaki all served various White House roles during the two-term presidency.
“This is a team of some of the most talented, battle-tested communicators out there,” Psaki said on Twitter.
The names announced show that Biden is so far keeping his commitment to building a diverse team “that looks like America.” Last week he named Avril Haines as his choice to be the next director of national intelligence. If confirmed, Haines would be the first woman to ever serve in that role. Alejandro Mayorkas last week was the first Latino tapped to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Jen O’Malley Dillon was previously announced as Biden’s deputy chief of staff.
Source: US News