United States President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday named his White House senior communications staff.
He chose a team of all-women led by Jen Psaki, a veteran of former President Barack Obama’s administration, as his first Press Secretary.
Biden also named Kate Bedingfield as White House Communications Director and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris named Symone Sanders Senior Adviser and Chief Spokesperson for the Vice President.
Bedingfield worked as deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for the Biden-Harris campaign. Sanders served as a campaign senior adviser.
Other communications appointments are: Elizabeth Alexander, Communications Director for first lady Jill Biden; Ashley Etienne, Communications Director for Harris; Karine Jean-Pierre, principal deputy Press Secretary; and Pili Tobar, deputy White House Communications Director.
In a statement, Biden said the team would be entrusted with the responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
As press secretary, Psaki will become the public face of the Biden administration.
In a tweet late Sunday night, she said she was looking forward to the journey ahead.
“I grew up through the hard fought battles of winning back the House, winning presidential campaigns and fighting for the Obama-Biden agenda with @KBeds and looking forward to the journey ahead,” Psaki tweeted.
We can’t wait to share what we are thinking as we get closer to inauguration, but @K_JeanPierre and I spoke just this am about taking the next few weeks to think outside of the box about how to ensure we are making the Biden-Harris agenda more accessible from the podium.
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) November 29, 2020
Psaki served as Communications Director for Obama during his final two years in office. She was earlier a spokeswoman for the State Department.
The announcements come as Biden continues to build his Cabinet and White House staff, led by Chief of Staff Ron Klain while President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election, as he continues to allege voter fraud without evidence.