- “I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women,” Biden said in a statement.
- The team includes Jen Psaki and Kate Bedingfield, both of whom worked for the Biden campaign and Obama administration.
- Biden also named Avril Haines as DNI and Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has set the ball rolling, in as far as constituting his team of staff is concerned. On Sunday, Mr. Biden unveiled his dream team White House communication team. For the first time in history, the communications team is comprised entirely of women.
The former Vice President, in his assessment, described the team of seven women as a “diverse” and “experienced” one.
“I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women,” Mr. 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,” he added.
On her part, Mr. Biden’s running-mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), echoed his sentiments, and pointed out that America is currently facing a myriad of challenges that call for effective communication, on which the team is up to the task.
“Our country is facing unprecedented challenges– from the coronavirus pandemic to the economic crisis, to the climate crisis, and a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice,” Sen. Harris said in a statement.
“To overcome these challenges, we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering team will help us do that.”
Seven Experienced Women
The team of communicators includes Jen Psaki, who has landed a role as the White House Press Secretary, and also served as campaign spokeswoman. Kate Bedingfield, Mr. Biden’s deputy campaign manager, will serve as White House Communications Director.
Psaki, 41, has held various positions of responsibility, including White House communications director for former President Barack Obama’s administration. On her part, Bedingfield has already worked under Mr. Biden as his Communications Director while he was Vice President, and held other important positions.
Others include Symone Sanders, who will serve as Kamala Harris’s spokesperson and main advisor, and will work alongside Ashley Etienne, who will serve as the Vice President’s Communications Director. She previously served in the same role with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Elizabeth Alexander, former federal prosecutor and press secretary for Mr. Biden in the first years of President Obama’s term, will now be the director of communication for the incoming first lady, Jill Biden.
The group is rounded out by the new press secretary, Karine Jean Pierre, Mr. Biden’s senior adviser and Sen. Harris’s chief of staff on the presidential campaign.
Pili Tobar will be the White House deputy director of communication, and has extensive experience in immigration matters, particularly in favor of the Hispanic community.
They are not the only women set to be part of the Biden-Harris team. Mr. Biden recently announced that Avril Haines would be the new Director of National Intelligence and Janet Yellen the new Secretary of the Treasury. Both will be the first women to fill those positions.
These appointments, which come shortly after formal authorization from the Trump administration to ease the transition of power process, do not require Senate confirmation, unlike most cabinet posts.