Greek-American political advisor and communications expert, Jen Psaki, has been named press secretary in US President-elect Joe Biden’s new all-female White House communications team.
Psaki was the White House communications director under President Barack Obama from 2015 to 2017 and had previously been spokesperson for the US Department of State, among other roles.
She is replacing Kayleigh McEnany, who has been the latest person to work in the role during Donald Trump’s administration.
Psaki will also be joined in the White House communications team by:
- Kate Bedingfield as White House communications director.
- Symone Sanders will be vice-president-elect Kamala Harris’ chief spokeswoman.
- Elizabeth Alexander will be first lady Jill Biden’s communications director.
- Karine Jean Pierre as deputy White House press secretary.
- Ashley Etienne as communications director for the vice-president, and
- Pili Tobar will serve as deputy communications director.
On Twitter, Psaki paid tribute to the incoming team, saying they were “some of the most talented, battle-tested communicators out there.”
President-elect Joe Biden also commented on his decision to choose an all-female White House communications team for the first time in US history, saying he was “proud” of his decision.
“These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better,” Mr Biden said in a statement.
“Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a President, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House.”