President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced an all-women communications team Sunday.
“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.
Also named to top communications roles were Elizabeth E. Alexander, who will serve as communications director for First Lady Jill Biden. Alexander served as a senior adviser on the Biden-Harris campaign and was press secretary to Biden when he was Vice President.
Ashley Etienne will serve as communications director for Harris, after serving as a senior adviser to the campaign and as communications director and senior adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Karine Jean-Pierre will serve as principal deputy press secretary, after serving as a senior adviser during the campaign and as chief of staff to Harris, as well as chief public affairs officer for MoveOn.org and an NBC and MSNBC political analyst.
Symone Sanders, who was a senior adviser to the campaign, will serve as senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Harris. She also was a CNN political commentator.
Pili Tobar will be deputy White House communications director, having served as communications director for coalitions on the campaign.