President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House, led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield.
Bedingfield will serve as Biden’s White House communications director and Jen Psaki, a longtime Democratic spokesperson, will be his press secretary.
Biden also plans to appoint Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, as director of the Office of Management and Budget, according to a person familiar with the transition process who secured the anonymity to speak freely about the deliberations.
All three are Obama administration veterans. Bedingfield was Biden’s director of communications while he was vice president; Psaki was a White House communications director and State Department spokesperson; and Tanden was senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.
“Communicating directly and honestly to the American people is one of the most important jobs of a president, and this team will be given 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 common commitment to rebuild this country for the better,” he added.
Karine Jean Pierre, who was the chief of staff to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will be the senior deputy to the President-elect’s press secretary. She is another alumnus of the Obama administration, having previously served as regional policy director in the White House’s Bureau of Political Affairs.
Pili Tobar, who was communications director for the coalitions on the Biden campaign, will be his deputy director of communications at the White House.