Although there is still a judicial dispute over the results of the U.S. elections, Joe Biden has already announced his communications team, which will be led by Kate Bedinfield, Jen Psaki and five other women who were part of the Barack Obama Administration.
Bedingfield was Biden’s communications director when he was vice president, while Psaki was White House communications director and spokeswoman at the State Department. Both, like most of Biden’s handpicked officials, worked for the Barack Obama Presidency.
Communicating directly and truthfully with the American people is one of the most important duties of a president, and this team will be entrusted with the enormous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Biden said in a statement.
“These skilled and experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to better rebuilding this country,” he added.
Kate Bedingfield, who also served as communications director for the Biden-Harris campaign, thanked the Democrat for her appointment: “I will also be honored to work alongside the incredible women who are taking on these roles together,” she wrote on Twitter.
Pili Tobar, who served as deputy director of America’s Voice, an immigration reform advocacy group, will be her deputy. Ashley Etienne, who was director of communications for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was named director of communications for Kamala Harris.
In addition, Symone Sanders, who worked for Senator Bernie Sanders during his campaign to become the Democratic nominee, will serve as an advisor and senior spokesperson to the Vice President.
Karine Jean-Pierre, who worked for NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst, will serve as Psaki’s assistant secretary.
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Jen Psaki was White House Director of Communications from 2015 to January 2017. She previously served as a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, and has held several press and communications positions under President Barack Obama. In February 2017 she became a political commentator for CNN.
Kate Bedingfield worked on John Edwards’ presidential campaign in 2008 as a spokesperson. She also served as Director of Communications for the 2008 Senate campaign for Jeanne Shaheen. After working in the Obama administration, Bedingfield briefly returned to sports and entertainment communications.
Pili Tobar is a Guatemalan-American political consultant who will serve as the White House deputy director of communications in the Biden administration. Tobar previously worked as deputy director of America’s Voice and as an assistant to Senator Chuck Schumer.
Elizabeth Alexander is senior managing director in the strategic communications segment of FTI Consulting. She spent the early years of the Obama Administration as press secretary and senior spokesperson for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. In addition, she worked for the Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington.
Ashley Danielle Etienne is an American political consultant and communications professional. She will serve as Director of Communications for Kamala Harris. She is a former Director of Communications and Senior Advisor to Nancy Pelosi. She was also a special assistant to Barack Obama. She oversaw the Democratic messages for Donald Trump’s impeachment.
Karine Jean Pierre is a political campaign organizer, activist, political commentator, author and professor of “Public and International Affairs” at Columbia University. She is a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC .
She was the regional political director for the Southeast of the “Obama for America” campaign. During Obama’s first term, she served as regional political director of the White House Office of Political Affairs. Biden selected her to be the White House deputy press secretary.
Symone Sanders served as Bernie Sanders’ national press secretary during his 2016 presidential campaign.
In October 2016, CNN hired her as a political commentator and Democratic strategist. In April 2019 she joined Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign as a senior advisor and was now appointed as Kamala Harris’ chief spokesperson.