Joe Biden Appoints White House Communications Team “All-Female”
Hülya Karahan: Production Editor
US President-elect Joe Biden announced on Sunday the composition of his White House communications team, which will be all-female, what his entourage has called the first in the country’s history.
Among those nominated is Jen Psaki, who will occupy the high profile post of White House press secretary.
Ms Psaki, 41, has held several senior positions, including that of White House communications director under the Obama-Biden administration.
Honored to work again for @JoeBiden, a man I worked on behalf of during the Obama-Biden Admin as he helped lead economic recovery, rebuilt our relationships with partners (turns out good practice) and injected empathy and humanity into nearly every meeting I sat in.
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) November 29, 2020
“I am proud to present today the first White House communications team composed exclusively of women,” Joe Biden said in a statement.
“These communication professionals, qualified and experienced, bring varied perspectives to their work and share the same commitment to rebuild this country,” he added.
In addition to Ms. Psaki, six other women were appointed.
Among them, Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for Mr. Biden, has been appointed director of communications for the White House. Ms Bedingfield previously served as Biden’s communications director while he was vice president.
Ashley Etienne will become Kamala Harris’ communications director and Symone Sanders is propelled as advisor and spokesperson for the vice president.
Pili Tobar has been appointed deputy director of communications for the White House and Karine Jean Pierre, deputy press secretary
Elizabeth Alexander will be the communications director for future First Lady Jill Biden.
These appointments do not require confirmation from the Senate, unlike most cabinet positions.
Other appointments should be made during the week. According to the New York Times, they will include that of Cecilia Rouse at the head of the President’s Circle of Economic Advisers, the first black woman in this post.
Neera Tanden would take over as head of the Bureau of Management and Budget, the first American Indian in this position.
This follows the expected appointment of Janet Yellen, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, the US central bank, to become the first female secretary of the Treasury, if confirmed by the Senate.