Brian Deese, former senior Obama administration official, will serve as director of the National Economic Council as president-elect Joe bidenJoe BidenTrump rages against ’60 minutes’ for interview with Krebs Cornyn Spox: Neera Tanden has ‘no chance’ of being confirmed as Biden’s OMB picks Five things to know about second round of the Georgia Senate LEARN MOREadministration, Politico reported.
Deese, who was previously deputy director of the Bureau of Management and Budget (OMB), will be officially named to the team later in the week, according to the outlet. Other appointments to the president-elect’s economic team will likely be announced first, including the former Federal Reserve chairperson. Janet YellenJanet Louise Yellen The Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Mastercard – Fears coast to coast over COVID-19 after the holidays have propagated Biden to appoint Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse to the Economics Team: WSJ Economic Challenges monuments await Biden’s Secretary of the Treasury PLUS as Secretary of the Treasury and Adewale Adeyemo as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
Biden also announced Monday that Neera Tanden, head of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, was director of the OMB and Cecilia Rouse of Princeton as head of the Council of Economic Advisers.
“[Deese] has just proven that he is an effective champion of the economy’s transition to a cleaner economy, ”former White House chief of staff and founder of the Center for American Progress, John Podesta, told Politico. “There is no doubt in my mind that he will campaign aggressively on behalf of the environment.”
Deese was part of the Obama administration team working on both environmental issues and the rescue of the auto industry. He is currently working as an executive at investment firm BlackRock, with a focus on investing in sustainability. However, this work has also raised concerns among some progressive watch groups about potential conflicts of interest if he plays a financial role in administration.
“We are concerned, as our name suggests, about revolving door hires,” Jeff Hauser, founder of the Revolving Door project, told Politico. “And that of Brian Deese [relationship] at BlackRock, the federal government is less likely to put the brakes on BlackRock as it should. “
The Hill has reached out to Biden’s team for comment.
– Updated at 9:42 a.m.