President-elect Joe Biden named two Obama administration veterans to head up his “White House’s communications strategy and serve as its public face,” reports Politico.
The report states that Kate Bedingfield, (above), who served as Biden’s communications director while he was vice president and on his presidential campaign, will be the White House communications director. And Jen Psaki, who served as White House communications director for the last two years of President Barack Obama’s administration, will be Biden’s White House press secretary.
Biden rounded out his White House communications staff with five other women:
Pili Tobar, who worked on Biden’s campaign and previously worked as deputy director of the immigration reform advocacy group America’s Voice, will be the White House deputy communications director. Karine Jean-Pierre, who served as chief of staff to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris during the campaign, will be the principal deputy press secretary. She previously worked for the advocacy group MoveOn.org.
Symone Sanders, who served as national press secretary on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign before signing on early to work for Biden’s campaign, will be a senior adviser and the chief spokesperson for Harris. Ashley Etienne, a former aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who went on to work for Biden’s campaign, will be Harris’ communications director.
And Elizabeth Alexander, who worked for Biden while he was in the Senate before serving as his press secretary while he was vice president, will be Jill Biden’s communications director. Alexander also worked on the Biden campaign.
Politico adds that “Psaki is the third Biden administration hire who has ties to WextExec Advisors, a Washington consulting firm stacked with Obama administration alumni. Psaki worked as a senior adviser there after leaving the White House. Antony Blinken, Biden’s choice for secretary of State, co-founded the firm, and Avril Haines, his nominee for director of national intelligence, is a former principal there.”
A post on nbcnews.com states: “Biden’s all-female White House communications team proves the old boys’ club has to go.”