US president-elect Joe Biden has appointed an all-female team as senior communications team at the White House. “I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team composed entirely of women,” Biden said in a statement on Sunday.
The team comprises of Kate Bedingfeld will be the White House communications director. She served as deputy campaign manager and communications director She was also then vice president Biden’s communications director during the Obama administration.
Pili Tobar will be the deputy White House communications director and Karine Jean-Pierre will serve as principal deputy press secretary. Tobar was the communications director for coalitions on the campaign while Jean-Pierre was vice president-elect Kamala Harris’ chief of staff and previously a senior advisor during the campaign.
Jen Psaki who was the White House communications director and later the State Department spokesperson during the Obama administration will serve as press secretary.
Other women who will serve in the Biden-Harris administration include former senior advisor on the campaign Symone Sanders who will be the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for the vice president. Ashley Etienne will serve as communications director for the vice president.
Sanders was Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' national press secretary during the 2016 campaign.
Etienne was the first woman and person of colour to serve as communications director and senior adviser to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. She also served in the Obama administration.
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Elizabeth Alexander will be the communications director for first lady Jill Biden. She was Biden’s press secretary during the Obama administration.
“These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better,” Biden said of the team.
“Our country is facing unprecedented challenges,” said Harris. “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.”
Kamala Harris made history as she will be the country’s first female vice president.