Pili Tobar, who worked on Biden’s campaign and previously served as deputy director of immigration reform advocacy America’s Voice, will serve as deputy communications director for the White House. Karine Jean-Pierre, who served as chief of staff to elected Vice President Kamala Harris during the campaign, will be the principal deputy press officer. She previously worked for the advocacy group MoveOn.org.
Symone Sanders, who served as national spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign before signing up for Biden’s campaign early, will be a senior advisor and main spokesperson for Harris. Ashley Etienne, a former advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who later worked on Biden’s campaign, will be Harris’ communications director.
And Elizabeth Alexander, who worked for Biden while in the Senate before serving as vice president of the press, will become Jill Biden’s communications director. Alexander also worked on the Biden campaign.
Psaki is the third Biden administration employee to have ties with WextExec Advisors, a Washington advisory firm made up of Obama administration alumni. Psaki worked there as a senior advisor after leaving the White House. Antony Blinken, Biden’s election as Secretary of State, co-founded the firm, and Avril Haines, his candidate for director of National Intelligence, is a former director there.
Other members of Biden’s communications team have also spent time in the Washington private sector.
Bedingfield served as the top spokesperson for the Motion Picture Association of America (now known as the Motion Picture Association) before joining the Obama administration. And Alexander worked as a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, a strategic communications and lobbying company in Washington, before joining the Biden campaign. She led the company’s communications efforts on gender equality and workplace equality under the Biden transition.