President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communication team at his White House. He aims to build diversity in the White House and expects it to be a norm in the traditional press operation.
Biden campaign communications director, Kate Bedingfield will be Biden’s White House communication director whereas Jen Psaki, a Democratic spokeswoman, will be press secretary.
Moreover, according to an anonymous person who is familiar with the transition process said Biden may endorse Neera Tandeen, the president and CEO of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Four of the seven top communication roles at the White House will be filled by women of colour, and it is unprecedented for the White House communication to ran by females entirely.
In a statement announcing the White House communications team, 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 of the White House.”
Additionally, he said, “These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.”
Bedingfield, Psaki, and Tanden have experience working in the communication team for the Obama administration. Bedingfield served as communications director for Biden while he was vice president. Psaki was a White House communication director and spokesperson at the State Department, and Tanden served as a senior adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.