Biden Names All-Female Senior Communications Team

Desk Report

Published: 30 Nov 2020, 08:58 am

On Sunday, US President-elect Joe Biden unveiled an all-female senior White House communications team, calling his office a first in the history of the country.

Jen Psaki, who will serve in the highly visible position of White House press secretary, was among those named, reports AFP.

Psaki, 41, has held a variety of senior posts, including the Barack Obama-Biden administration's White House communications director.

In their confirmed appointments and nominations so far ahead of their January 20 swearing-in, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have tried to emphasize diversity.

“I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women,” Biden said in a statement.

“These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.”

In addition to Psaki, six other appointments were announced.

As White House Communications Director, they include Kate Bedingfield, who was Biden's Deputy Campaign Manager.

When he was vice president, Bedingfield also served as Biden's communications director.

Other appointees include Ashley Etienne as Harris's communications director and Symone Sanders as the senior advisor and chief spokeswoman for Harris.

Pili Tobar was named deputy White House communications director and Karine Jean Pierre will be principal deputy press secretary.

Elizabeth Alexander was named communications director for incoming First Lady Jill Biden.

The appointments do not require Senate confirmation unlike most cabinet-level positions.

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