Elected President Joe Biden and elected vice president Kamala Harris announced on Sunday an all-female White House communications team that includes two prominent black women.
Symone Sanders, who served as Senior Advisor to Biden's campaign, will serve in the same role and as the main spokesperson for Vice President-Elect Harris. The Creighton University graduate was previously the national press secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). She quit the role almost a year later and later joined CNN as a political analyst and commentator.
According to CNNSanders is also the former chairman of the coalition of Committee for Emerging Leaders in Juvenile Justice and is a former member of the Federal Advisory Council for Juvenile Criminal Law.
Karine-Jean Pierre was Senior Advisor to the Biden Campaign and Chief of Staff to Harris. According to Out.comJean-Pierre is the first black, woman, and first lesbian to hold this position for a vice presidential nomination. The Columbia University graduate will serve as Biden's deputy press officer. The former Vice President developed a close relationship with Jean-Pierre while serving as a White House employee for the Obama administration.
The former vice president congratulated all of the women on Sunday on his announcement, calling them all qualified, experienced communicators.
“I am proud to announce today the first high-level communications team for the White House made entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring different perspectives to their work and work together to rebuild this country better, ”said Biden in one Explanation.
Biden's communications team also includes Kate Bedingfield, who will serve as the White House communications director, previously serving as the deputy campaign manager and communications director for Biden's campaign. Pili Tobar will serve as the White House's Assistant Director of Communications. Elizabeth Alexander, a senior advisor to the Biden campaign, will serve as communications director for First Lady Jill Biden. Jen Psaki and Ashley Etienne complete Biden's seven-person team.
Harris, who will become the first female black Indian Vice President, called the team "experienced, talented and accessible".
"Our country is facing unprecedented challenges – from the coronavirus pandemic to the economic crisis to the climate crisis and a long overdue reckoning of racial injustice," Harris said, according to CNN. "To address these challenges, we need to communicate clearly, honestly and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented and accessible team will help us," Harris said in a statement.
Psaki was State Department spokesman and White House Deputy Communications Director and Deputy White House Press Secretary during the Obama administration. Etienne previously served as an advisor to House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi.