El presidente electo Joe Biden en Delaware. | FOTO: Demetrius Freeman — The Washington Post |
Demetrius Freeman — The Washington Post
The president-elect is appointing a team of veteran communicators who served in his campaign and in the White House during the Obama-Biden administration. It is a strategy to have a team of maximum confidence and potential in the face of one of the most complex moments that the nation can experience after the transition and facing the exit from the coronavirus crisis.
This team includes Pili Tobar, who worked on the Biden campaign and previously served as deputy director of the immigration reform advocacy group America’s Voice. She will be the deputy director of communications for the White House. Karine Jean-Pierre, meanwhile, has served as Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ chief of staff during the campaign, she will be the main vice press secretary.
For her part, Symone Sanders, who served as national press secretary in Senator Bernie Sanders ‘presidential campaign in 2016, will be one of Harris’ top advisers and spokesperson. Ashley Etienne, a former adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who went on to work for Biden’s campaign, will serve as Kamala Harris’s communications director.
Elizabeth Alexander, who worked for Biden while he was in the Senate and also in this presidential campaign, will be Jill Biden’s director of communications.
Psaki is the third person hired by the Biden administration to have ties to WextExec Advisors, a Washington consulting firm with many former members of the Obama administration. Psaki worked as a senior advisor there after leaving the White House. WextExec Afvisors was co-founded by Antony Blinken, nominated for Secretary of State; and Avril Haines, candidate for director of National Intelligence.