Meet President-Elect Biden's All Female White House Press Team
Keeping up with the White House-selects.
Keeping up with the White House-selects.
Text: Juliana Bakumenko
It’s no doubt the nation is an interesting spot right now, post-2020 Election, but pre-2021 Inauguration. This period is often known as “lame duck” for the sitting president, who’s just awaiting the arrival of the next president, though we haven’t really seen a silent or subdued reaction from the current president.
It’s also an important time to see if the President-Elect is following through his promises and policies in his selections for Cabinet and White House Staffing positions. People across the nation, especially Black women, fought hard to get Trump and his harmful administration out of office, so it’s on us to hold Biden accountable in who he chooses for his own administration. Look here for a closer examination of Biden’s Cabinet picks thus far.
One positive move for the Biden administration already has been the announcement of an all-female White House Communications Team. Four of these seven press roles will be filled by women of color, and this is the first time in history that the White House senior communications team is all-female.
Meet the Team:
Kate Bedingfield will be the White House communications director. Having previously worked in the Obama administration, Bedingfield is most notable for being the deputy campaign manager and communications director for Biden’s presidential campaign. Bedingfield was also formerly the vice president of corporate communications at the Motion Picture Association of America.
Pili Tobar will serve as deputy communications director for the White House, and previously served as communications director for coalitions on Biden’s campaign. Tobar previously worked as deputy director at immigrant’s rights group America’s Voice, and has served as Hispanic media and communications director for Senator Chuck Schumer as well as the Democratic National Committee.
Karine Jean-Pierre previously served as senior advisor on the Biden campaign as well as chief of staff to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and will now take on the role of principal deputy press secretary. Jean-Pierre has been a political analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and was the chief public affairs officer at Move On. She also managed the campaign for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Initiative.
Jen Psaki, former White House communications director under Obama, will serve as press secretary. Psaki is also a former political commentator for CNN, and has worked on three separate presidential campaigns.
Symone Sanders was a senior Biden advisor on his campaign, and is now going to be a senior advisor and chief spokesperson for VPOTUS Harris. Sanders previously worked as national press secretary for Senator Bernier Sanders and is the is the former chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee. Sanders also worked as a political commentator at CNN and was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.
Ashley Etienne, former senior advisor on Biden’s campaign, will be the communications director for the Vice President. She was previously communications director and senior advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and led communications on Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
Elizabeth Alexander was previously a senior advisor on the Biden campaign and will now become the communications director for FLOTUS Jill Biden. Alexander formerly worked as a federal prosecutor for the US Attorneys’ offices, and has served as press secretary for the United Nations Foundation, helping the UN in its efforts.
Of the importance of this newly announced White House Press Team, VP Kamala Harris said, “Our country is facing unprecedented challenges — from the coronavirus pandemic to the economic crisis, to the climate crisis, and a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice. To overcome these challenges, we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering team will help us do that.”
Here’s to transparency, understanding Biden’s administration picks, and holding them all accountable for true progress and positive political change.