On Sunday, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced that their incoming White House senior communications team will be comprised entirely of women.
In a statement, Biden, who defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, said, “I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.”
Former Barack Obama White House communications director Jennifer Psaki will serve as press secretary; deputy Biden campaign manager Kate Bedingfield will serve as the White House communications director; former chief public affairs officer for MoveOn.org Karine Jean Pierre will be the principal deputy press secretary; and former immigrant advocate for America’s Voice Pili Tobar will serve as the deputy White House communications director.
Additionally, Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Biden on his campaign, will serve as the senior adviser and chief spokeswoman for Harris. Ashley Etienne, a former senior adviser to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will also serve as the communications director for the incoming vice president.
Elizabeth Alexander, a Biden campaign senior adviser, will serve as communications director for first lady Jill Biden.
In her own statement, Harris — who will become the country’s first female, as well as first Black and Asian-American vice president — described the incoming communications team as "experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering."
"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. 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,” Harris said. “These communications professionals express our commitment to building a White House that reflects the very best of our nation.”
On Sunday, Psaki — who also served as the State Department spokeswoman under Secretary of State John Kerry — wrote a message on Twitter expressing gratitude to Biden.
“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,” she wrote.
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
The upcoming Biden-Harris Administration continues to make history!