For the first time in the political history of the United States, the senior White House communications team will be entirely female as President-elect Joe Biden has named a seven-member all-women team to lead the White House communications war room. It will be led by Biden’s campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris hailed the development and called the announcement “barrier-shattering”.
“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,” Biden said.
“Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a president, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Biden was quoted as saying in a press release from the transition team office.
“These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better,” he added.
Kate Bedingfield, who served as the communications director for the Biden-Harris campaign, was named the White House communications director.
“It will also be an honor to work alongside the incredible women who are taking on these roles together,” Bedingfield wrote on Twitter, detailing her relationship with the other women named to the team. Bedingfield previously worked for Biden when he was the vice president in the Obama administration.
Pili Tobar, who served as deputy director of America’s Voice, an immigration reform advocacy group, will serve as her deputy.
Ashley Etienne, who served as the communications director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was named as the communications director for Harris.
Symone Sanders, who worked for Senator Bernie Sanders during his bid to be the Democratic nominee, will serve as a senior advisor and chief spokesperson for the vice president.
Jen Psaki, who held several communications positions under the Obama administration, has been named White House Press Secretary.
Karine Jean-Pierre, who worked for NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst, will serve as her deputy.
Biden’s transition to the presidency officially began last week after a government agency declared him the apparent winner of the 2020 presidential election, even as President Donald Trump continues his long-shot attempt to upend Biden’s victory at the polls.
Biden has named a number of people to positions in his administration, including members of his national security team, secretary of state, and secretary of the treasury.