President-elect Joe Biden introduced on Sunday that he is elected an all-female communications crew to work for his administration.
It is the primary time in historical past that the senior communications roles within the White Home shall be stuffed solely by ladies.
“Speaking instantly and in truth to the American individuals is among the most essential duties of a President, and this crew shall be entrusted with the large duty of connecting the American individuals to the White Home,” Biden stated in a press release.
“These certified, skilled communicators convey numerous views to their work and a shared dedication to constructing this nation again higher,” he added.
The ladies on the crew have an excessive amount of expertise in Washington and shut ties to Biden. Amongst them embrace Jennifer Psaki, who labored as President Obama’s White Home communications director and shall be Biden’s White Home press secretary.
Kate Bedingfield served as Biden’s marketing campaign communications director and can tackle the identical position in his administration. And Symone Sanders, a senior advisor on Biden’s presidential marketing campaign, shall be senior advisor and chief spokesperson for the vp.
“Our nation is dealing with unprecedented challenges — from the coronavirus pandemic to the financial disaster, to the local weather disaster, and a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice,” Vice President-elect Kamala Harris stated in a press release. “To beat these challenges, we have to talk clearly, actually, and transparently with the American individuals, and this skilled, gifted, and barrier-shattering crew will assist us try this.”
Listed below are the biographies of Biden’s seven appointees as introduced by the transition crew.
Elizabeth E. Alexander, Communications Director for the First Woman
Elizabeth E. Alexander served as a Senior Advisor on the Biden-Harris Marketing campaign. Alexander spent the primary years of the Obama-Biden administration because the Press Secretary to Vice President Biden, a job which adopted her time as then-Senator Biden’s Communications Director on Capitol Hill. She has labored as a federal prosecutor within the U.S. Attorneys’ places of work in Washington, DC and Alexandria, Virginia, the place she additionally served as a counselor to the U.S. Legal professional for the Japanese District of Virginia. Beforehand, Alexander labored as Press Secretary for the United Nations Basis, Press Secretary to Democratic Nationwide Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, Communications Director for Congressman Adam Schiff, and Deputy Press Secretary for Senator Chuck Schumer. Earlier than becoming a member of the Biden-Harris Marketing campaign, Alexander was a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, the place she led the agency’s gender inclusion and office equality communications providing. Initially from Texas, Alexander is a graduate of Texas A&M College and Georgetown College Legislation Heart. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland along with her husband and two younger sons.
Kate Bedingfield, White Home Communications Director
Kate Bedingfield served as Deputy Marketing campaign Supervisor and Communications Director for the Biden-Harris Marketing campaign. She served as Communications Director for Vice President Biden and as Affiliate Communications Director, Deputy Director of Media Affairs, and the Director of Response within the Obama-Biden White Home. Previous to the Obama-Biden administration, Bedingfield served as Communications Director to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen on her profitable 2008 Senate marketing campaign, Deputy Nationwide Press Secretary on the John Edwards for President marketing campaign and Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee in 2006 when Democrats received again the Home. Bedingfield has additionally served because the Chief Spokeswoman and Vice President of Company Communications on the Movement Image Affiliation of America and because the Vice President of Communications at Monumental Sports activities & Leisure. Initially from Georgia, Bedingfield is a graduate of the College of Virginia. She lives in Washington, DC along with her husband, son and daughter.
Ashley Etienne, Communications Director for the Vice President
Ashley Etienne served as a Senior Advisor on the Biden-Harris Marketing campaign. Earlier than that, Etienne served as Communications Director and Senior Advisor to Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi, the primary girl and particular person of coloration to carry the place. Etienne was Particular Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Cupboard within the Obama-Biden administration and in addition led communications on President Obama’s signature My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Previous to the Obama-Biden administration, she served as Deputy Communications Director and Spokesperson for then-Home Democratic Chief Pelosi, Communications Director for Home Democrats on the Oversight and Authorities Reform Committee, Spokesperson for the Company for Nationwide and Neighborhood Service, and as a Spokesperson in Virginia for the Obama-Biden Marketing campaign in 2008. Etienne has offered strategic counsel to shoppers whereas at Dewey Sq. Group and as president of her personal consulting agency, Etienne & Associates. Initially from Texas, Etienne is a graduate of Sam Houston State College and Johns Hopkins College.
Karine Jean Pierre, Principal Deputy Press Secretary
Karine Jean-Pierre was Senior Advisor to President-Elect Joe Biden and Chief of Employees to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on the Biden-Harris Marketing campaign. Previous to her position on the marketing campaign, she served as Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org and an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst. Jean-Pierre served as Regional Political Director for the White Home Workplace of Political Affairs in the course of the Obama-Biden administration and as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election marketing campaign. She served as Southeast Regional Political Director for President Obama’s 2008 marketing campaign, Deputy Marketing campaign Supervisor for Martin O’Malley for President, Marketing campaign Supervisor for the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Initiative, and Deputy Chief of Employees and Director of Legislative and Finances Affairs for 2 members within the New York Metropolis Council. Beforehand, she labored on the Heart for Neighborhood and Company Ethics, pushing main firms to alter their enterprise practices. Born in Martinique and raised in New York, Jean-Pierre is a graduate of Columbia College.’
Jen Psaki, White Home Press Secretary
Jen Psaki at the moment oversees the confirmations crew for the Biden-Harris Transition. Throughout the Obama-Biden administration, Psaki held a number of senior roles, together with White Home Communications Director, State Division Spokesperson below then-Secretary of State John Kerry, Deputy White Home Communications Director and Deputy White Home Press Secretary in the course of the monetary disaster. She is a veteran of three presidential campaigns having served as touring press secretary in the course of the Obama-Biden marketing campaign in 2008, as touring press secretary and senior advisor in 2012 and as deputy press secretary for John Kerry’s presidential marketing campaign in 2004. Psaki was a spokesperson on the Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee in 2006 when Democrats received again the Home of Representatives and has additionally served as Communications Director to former Congressman Joe Crowley. Previous to becoming a member of the Biden-Harris Transition Group, Psaki was the Vice President for Communications and Technique on the Carnegie Endowment for Worldwide Peace and a CNN contributor. Psaki is a graduate of the School of William and Mary and lives in Virginia along with her husband and two youngsters.
Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson for the Vice President
Symone Sanders served as a Senior Advisor on the Biden-Harris Marketing campaign. In 2016, Sanders grew to become the youngest presidential press secretary whereas engaged on U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s then-presidential marketing campaign. Earlier than becoming a member of the Biden-Harris Marketing campaign, Sanders was a CNN political commentator and served as principal of the 360 Group LLC, the place she offered strategic communications steerage to organizations, companies, people, campaigns and candidates. Sanders is the previous chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Rising Leaders Committee and former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, the place she labored to boost the profile of younger voices within the battle for juvenile justice reform and convey millennial views to coverage conversations. Initially from Nebraska, Sanders is a graduate of Creighton College. She at the moment lives in Washington D.C. along with her companion.
Pili Tobar, Deputy White Home Communications Director
Pili Tobar served because the Communications Director for Coalitions on the Biden-Harris Marketing campaign. Earlier than becoming a member of the marketing campaign, Tobar served because the Deputy Director for America’s Voice, the place she advocated on behalf of immigrants. She has additionally served because the Hispanic Media Director for Senate Minority Chief Charles E. Schumer, Nationwide Director of Hispanic Media and Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Nationwide Committee, Communications Director for Congressman Ruben Gallego, and Communications Director for the Latino Victory Mission. Initially from Florida and raised in Guatemala, Tobar is a graduate of the College of Miami. She lives in Washington D.C. along with her spouse and daughter.