President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced the new administration’s communications staff on Sunday. For the first time in US history, the staff will be entirely female.
Jen Psaki will serve as White House press secretary, Biden and Harris said. Psaki had previously served as White House communications director and deputy White House press secretary under the Obama-Biden administration.
Kate Bedingfield, who served as deputy campaign director and communications director for the Biden-Harris campaign, will be the White House communications director. Bedingfield is also a communications veteran of the Obama-Biden administration.
Bedingfield tweeted Sunday that she is “unspeakably proud” to assume the role of director of communications.
Working for him as vice president and for this campaign has given me a glimpse of the kind of capable, compassionate and far-sighted president he will be and it will be a deep honor to be a part of his job. It will also be an honor to work alongside the incredible women who take on these roles together, ”Bedingfield tweeted.
Symone Sanders, senior advisor to the Biden campaign, will take on the role of senior advisor and spokesperson for Harris. Sanders previously worked as a press secretary for Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Elizabeth Alexander, another senior advisor to the Biden-Harris campaign, will become first lady Jill Biden’s director of communications. Alexander was previously Mr Biden’s press secretary while he was vice president.
Former House President Nancy Pelosi’s communications director, Ashley Etienne, will become Harris’ communications director. Pelosi said on Sunday that he called Etienne a “seasoned communicator” and congratulated her.
“Her experience working on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue and the immense respect she commands among members and staff will make her a powerful force within the Biden-Harris administration,” Pelosi said in a statement. .
Karine Jean Pierre, Harris’ chief of staff during the campaign, will assume the role of senior press assistant. Pili Tobar has been announced as deputy director of communications for the White House. Tobar previously worked as Deputy Director of Voice of America and Director of Hispanic Media for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“These skilled and experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to rebuilding this country for the better,” Biden said in a statement.
Harris added that to overcome the challenges the country faces, “we need to communicate clearly, honestly and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented and barrier-breaking team will help us do that.”