Joe Biden Chooses All Women To Lead His Presidential Press Team
“These diverse, experienced, and talented women demonstrate President-elect Biden’s continued commitment to building an administration that looks like America and is ready to deliver results for working families on day one.”
President-elect Joe Biden announced that he will have an all-women senior communications team — which would be a first for a U.S. president and further fulfills his promise to build a diverse administration.
Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on Sunday named seven women, four of them of color, who will hold top communications roles at the White House.
“These diverse, experienced, and talented women demonstrate President-elect Biden’s continued commitment to building an administration that looks like America and is ready to deliver results for working families on day one,” their announcement stated.
Jen Psaki, who oversees the confirmations team for the Biden-Harris transition and held several senior roles in the Obama-Biden administration, will serve as White House press secretary.
Kate Bedingfield, who served as deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Biden-Harris campaign, will serve as White House communications director. Bedingfield also served as communications director for Biden and as associate communications director, deputy director of media affairs, and the director of response in the Obama-Biden administration.
Elizabeth Alexander, a senior adviser to the campaign and formerly the vice president’s press secretary, will be the incoming First Lady Jill Biden's communication director.
Ashley Etienne, who was a senior adviser on the campaign as well as a special assistant to the President and director of communications for the cabinet in the Obama-Biden administration, will serve as Harris’ communication director.
Karine Jean-Pierre, who was senior adviser to Biden and chief of staff to Harris on the campaign, will serve as principal deputy press secretary. She also served as regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs during the Obama-Biden administration.
Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to the campaign, will serve as Harris’ senior adviser and chief spokesperson.
Pili Tobar, who served as the communications director for coalitions on the campaign, will serve as Deputy White House Communications Director.
Several other Biden-Harris cabinet nominees are historic firsts, including Avril Haines, who would be the the first woman to lead the U.S. intelligence community, and Alejandro Mayorkas, who would be the first Latinx American to head the Department of Homeland Security. Biden also confirmed Janet Yellen, former Federal Reserve Chair, as his Treasury secretary nominee. Yellen would become the first woman to lead the department.