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Biden Administration – Executive Office of the President

This profile contains Biden Administration nominations and appointments made at the Executive Office of the President.

Nominations and Appointments

Ron Klain is White House Chief of Staff. He has worked on the campaigns of Democratic Presidential candidates Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden. During the Obama Administration, Klain served as Chief of Staff to then-Vice President Biden from 2009-2011, and as the White House Ebola Response Coordinator from 2014-2015. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno, and as Associate Counsel to President Clinton. He has also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Revolution LLC, a venture capital firm, and as a Partner at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. He was a clerk to former Supreme Court Justice Byron White, and served as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1989-1992.[1] Klain has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for American Progress Action Fund,[2] the Democracy Forward Foundation,[3] and the Truman National Security Project,[4] and as an external advisor to the Skoll Global Threats Fund.[5]

Jen O’Malley Dillon is White House Deputy Chief of Staff. She was Campaign Manger for Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, and prior to that for Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 campaign. She was a founding partner at the communications firm Precision Strategies, and also formerly served as Deputy Campaign Manager for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, as Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, and battleground states director for Obama’s 2008 campaign.[6] She also worked on John Edwards’ 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns, and was a political consultant to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.[7]

Bruce Reed is White House Deputy Chief of Staff. He was most recently a Senior Advisor on Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign,[8] the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the public policy company Civic, and Co-Chair of the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute, where he was also a member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group. Before that, he was President of the Broad Foundation. During the Obama Administration, he served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden and Executive Director of the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction commission. During the Clinton Administration, he served as President Clinton’s chief domestic policy advisor. He was Deputy Campaign Manager on Clinton’s 1992 Presidential campaign, Policy Director for then-Governor Clinton at the Democratic Leadership Council, and chief speechwriter for then-Senator Al Gore (D-TN). He has been a senior fellow at Results for America, and a contributor to Slate and The New Republic.[9]

Mike Donilon is Senior Advisor to the President, and served as Chief Strategist on Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign. He formerly served as Managing Director of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware, and was an assistant professor at the university. During the Obama Administration, he served as Counselor to then-Vice President Biden.[10] He also formerly worked for the consulting firm AKPD Message and Media. Donilon has worked on numerous Democratic political campaigns, including those of every Democratic presidential nominee since Bill Clinton, and has helped elect more than 25 Democratic Senators and Governors.[11]

Mike Donilon is the brother of Tom Donilon, who served as National Security Advisor during the Obama Administration.[12]

Anita Dunn served as Senior Advisor to the President until August 2021,[13] and also served as a senior advisor on Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign. Dunn was on leave from her position as a partner and founding member at SKDK (formerly known as SKDKnickerbocker). She was a senior advisor on President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and briefly served in the Obama Administration as White House Communications Director. She has also served in a variety of roles for former Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD), Evan Bayh (D-IN), and Bill Bradley (D-NJ).[14]

In February 2021, The Guardian obtained an advance copy of the book “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency” by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. It reported that in the book Dunn was quoted as remarking to an associate that “Covid is the best thing that ever happened to him,” referring to then-candidate Biden. The comment was characterized by the authors as something “campaign officials believed but would never say in public.”[15]

Steve Ricchetti is Counselor to the President. He was Chairman of Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign, and before that served as Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania. During the Obama Administration, he served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to President Clinton, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. He was Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1992.[16] He also served as a member of the Advisory Council of National Security Action.[17]

Steve Ricchetti is the brother of prominent lobbyist Jeff Ricchetti, and the two co-founded the lobbying firm Ricchetti, Inc. in 2001. Though Steve Ricchetti de-registered as a lobbyist in 2009, the Center for Responsive Politics reported in January 2021 that Jeff Ricchetti had made $610,000 in lobbying revenue from October through December 2020, with clients that included Amazon, Evofem Bioscience, Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Neurocrine Biosciences, Vaxart, GlaxoSmithKline, and Horizon Therapeutics.[18]

Jeffrey Zients is Counselor to the President and Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cranemere, a business holding company, and has also served as the CEO and Chairman of the Advisory Board Company. During the Obama Administration, he served as Director of the National Economic Council, Deputy Director and Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and as Chief Performance Officer of the United States.[19] He has also served as Chairman of the Corporate Executive Board, and founded the investment firm Portfolio Logic. He is a co-founder of the Urban Alliance Foundation,[20] and previously was a member of the board of directors of Facebook.[21]

John Kerry is Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. During the Obama Administration he served as Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State, and signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, first elected in 1984, and before that was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, receiving multiple decorations including the Silver Star.[22] Kerry has served as a Visiting Distinguished Statesman at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.[23] He was the Democratic Party’s 2004 nominee for President of the United States.

In the early days of the Biden administration it was reported by Fox News that Kerry’s family still owned a private jet, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. The report noted that private jets can emit up to 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial flights.[24] Fox News later reported that Kerry had traveled to Iceland in a private jet in order to receive an award for climate leadership in 2019, having noted at the time that “[i]f you offset your carbon – it’s the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle.”[25]

Justin Levitt is White House Senior Policy Advisor for Democracy and Voting Rights.[26] Levitt was most recently a professor at Loyola Marymount University’s Loyola Law School. During the Obama Administration, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.[27] Before joining Loyola Law School, he was counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and prior to that was in-house counsel for America Coming Together.[28] He has served as a faculty advisor for Loyola Law School’s chapter of the American Constitution Society, as a board member of the Fair Elections Center, and as a member of the advisory committee of Los Angeles County’s Voting Systems Assessment Project.[29]

The Daily Signal, quoting a press release from the Public Interest Legal Foundation, reported that Levitt’s “time as [deputy assistant] U.S. attorney general for civil rights was one of the quietest periods for voting rights litigation brought by the DOJ in recent history.” It also noted that the Federal Election Commission fined America Coming Together $775,000 for “using unregulated soft money to boost the 2004 presidential campaign of then-Sen. John Kerry as well as the campaigns of other Democrat candidates that year,” during Levitt’s time with the organization. The fines were announced in August 2007.[30]

Council of Economic Advisers

Cecilia Rouse is Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. She most recently served as Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama Administration, and on the National Economic Council and as a Special Assistant during the Clinton Administration.[31] She has served as a Director by University Appointment at the National Bureau of Economic Research,[32] and on the Board of Directors of MDRC.[33]

Jared Bernstein is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. He was formerly a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. During the Obama Administration, he served in multiple roles including as Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Before that, he was a senior economist and program director at the Economic Policy Institute. During the Clinton Administration from 1995 to 1996, he was Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.[34] Bernstein was a participant in the Fall 2018 Democracy Alliance Conference.

Heather Boushey is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. She was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, which she co-founded in 2013. She served as chief economist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential transition team, and has worked as an economist for the Center for American Progress, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute.[35] She has served on the board of directors of the Opportunity Institute,[36] and participated in multiple Democracy Alliance Conferences.

Council on Environmental Quality

Brenda Mallory is Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. She formerly served as Director of Regulatory Policy at the Southern Environmental Law Center. Before that, she was Executive Director and Senior Counsel at the Conservation Litigation Project. During the Obama Administration, she served as General Counsel on the Council on Environmental Quality and as Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was also chair of the natural resources practice group at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond.[37]

Jane Flegal is senior director for industrial emissions at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.[38] She most recently served as a program officer in the environment program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Before that, she was a senior program officer at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust, a senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and was a research consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and to the California Council on Science and Technology.[39]

Domestic Policy Council

Susan Rice is Director of the Domestic Policy Council. She was most recently a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at American University and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. During the Obama Administration, she served as National Security Advisor from 2013-2017 and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009-2013. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, and Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping at the National Security Council.[40] She was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2002-2008, and also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company early in her career. She has served on the boards of the Bureau of National Affairs, the National Democratic Institute, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.[41] She was a member of the advisory council of National Security Action.[42]

In March 2021, The Washington Free Beacon reported that President Biden had placed Rice in charge of implementing an executive order directing federal agencies to submit plans on ways in which those agencies could promote voter registration and voter participation. The order requires agencies to consider how they might distribute voter registration and vote-by-mail applications, and how they could work with “approved, nonpartisan third-party organizations and State officials to provide voter registration services on agency premises.”[43]

Catherine Lhamon is Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council for Racial Justice and Equity. She chairs the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to which she was appointed by President Obama in 2016. She served as Legal Affairs Secretary to California Governor Gavin Newsom until December 2020, and was also previously an attorney at the National Center for Youth Law.[44] During the Obama Administration, she served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Before that, she was director of impact litigation at Public Counsel, assistant legal director at the ACLU of Southern California, and a teaching fellow and supervising attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at Georgetown University Law Center.[45] Lhamon was listed by Demand Justice on its Supreme Court Shortlist.[46]

Carmel Martin is Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council for Economic Mobility.[47] Martin was a senior policy advisor for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign,[48] and before that was National Policy Director for former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke’s (D-TX) presidential campaign. Prior to that, Martin was Managing Director at the Emerson Collective from 2017 to 2019 and Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress from 2013 to 2017. During the Obama Administration, she served as Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education from 2009 to 2013. She was General Counsel and Chief Education Adviser to former Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) from 2005 to 2008, and Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the Center for American Progress from 2004 to 2005.[49]

Chiraag Bains is Special Assistant to the President for Criminal Justice at the Domestic Policy Council. He was most recently Director of Legal Strategies at Demos, and before that was a senior fellow at Harvard Law School and the Open Society Foundations. During the Obama Administration from 2010 to 2017, he served as a civil rights crimes prosecutor and as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.[50]

Erika Poethig is Special Assistant to the President for Housing and Urban Policy at the Domestic Policy Council. She most recently served as Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President for the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute. She had several roles in the Obama Administration, including Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Poethig also formerly worked on housing-related matters at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and at the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing.[51]

National Economic Council

Brian Deese is Director of the National Economic Council. He formerly served as Global Head of Sustainable Investing at BlackRock, Inc., focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. During the Obama Administration, Deese was senior advisor to the President on climate and energy policy, and helped negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement. He also formerly served as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He has also lectured at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.[52]

Timothy Wu is Special Assistant to the President for Technology and Competition Policy, serving at the National Economic Council.[53][54] He was most recently a professor at Columbia Law School, holding that position since 2006, and has also served as enforcement counsel in the New York Attorney General’s Office, and in antitrust enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission. During the Obama Administration, he worked on competition policy for the National Economic Council. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner.[55] He is listed by Demand Justice on its Supreme Court Shortlist.[56]

National Security Council

Jake Sullivan is National Security Advisor. He was formerly a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and held teaching positions at Yale Law School, Dartmouth College, and the University of New Hampshire. He was a co-founder and co-chair of the advisory board for National Security Action, and served as a senior policy advisor on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign. During the Obama Administration, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to then-Vice President Biden. He also served as Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.[57] Before that, he was Deputy Policy Director on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign, and a member of the debate preparation team for Barack Obama’s campaign. He also served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), worked as an attorney at the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP, and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.[58]

Yohannes Abraham is Chief of Staff at the National Security Council.[59] He was Executive Director of the Biden-Harris Transition.[60] Abraham was most recently an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, and before that was a senior advisor and interim Chief Operating Officer at the Obama Foundation. During the Obama Administration, he served as senior advisor to the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff at the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. He also served in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs and as the National Political Director of Organizing for America.[61]

Office of Domestic Climate Policy

Gina McCarthy is National Climate Advisor. She is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Natural Resources Defense Council. She also formerly served as a Professor at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and as chair of the board of directors of the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment.[62] During the Obama Administration, she served as the 13th Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she oversaw the administration’s Clean Power Plan, and as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. She has also served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (where she was instrumental in developing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative), Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development, and as Undersecretary of Policy for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. She has served on the board of directors of the Energy Foundation and Ceres.[63]

As reported by the National Review, the former mayor of Flint, Michigan, Karen Weaver, faulted McCarthy for the EPA’s delayed response to that city’s multi-year water crisis and expressed her disappointment that President Biden had placed her in charge of the White House Office of Climate Policy. During congressional testimony in March 2017, McCarthy stated her regret that “[w]e missed the opportunity to quickly get EPA’s concerns on the radar screen.”[64]

Ali Zaidi is Deputy National Climate Advisor. He formerly served as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and Environment for the state of New York, and as an adjunct professor at Stanford University where he co-founded the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy initiative. During the Obama Administration, he served as Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and as Deputy Director of Energy Policy for the White House Domestic Policy Council.[65] At OMB, he served as the chief policy official for implementing the Climate Action Plan and was a member of the delegation that negotiated the Paris Agreement. He has served as Vice Chair of Carbon180, a member of the board of trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council, co-chair of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program’s Strategy Group on Future of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and as a director of America’s Promise Alliance and The Generations Initiative.[66]

Sonia Aggarwal is Senior Advisor for Climate Policy and Innovation in the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy. She formerly served as vice president of Energy Innovation, and before that managed global research at the ClimateWorks Foundation.[67]

Maggie Thomas is Chief of Staff for the Office of Domestic Climate Policy. She formerly served as political director of Evergreen Action, a fiscally sponsored project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund. She was a climate policy advisor to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and deputy climate director to Gov. Jay Inslee during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, and also worked in voter turnout for NextGen America.[68][69]

Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

Julie Chavez Rodriguez is Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She served as a Deputy Campaign Manager on Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, and prior to that was National Political Director and traveling Chief of Staff for then-Senator Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign. She had previously served as California State Director in Harris’ Senate office. During the Obama Administration, she served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Deputy Director of Public Engagement. She also served as Director of Youth Employment and as Deputy Press Secretary to former Secretary Ken Salazar at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior to that, she was Director of Programs at the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.[70] Chavez Rodriguez is the granddaughter of labor leader Cesar Chavez.[71]

Office of Legislative Affairs

Louisa Terrell is Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. She oversaw legislative affairs for the Biden-Harris Transition, and also was the former Executive Director of the Biden Foundation. During the Obama Administration, she served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. Before that, she was an Advisor to Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler, Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), and Chief of Staff to Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). She has also served as Deputy General Counsel and Head of Public Affairs at McKinsey & Company, Senior Director for Federal Policy & Strategy at Yahoo!, and Director of Public Policy at Facebook.[72]

Office of Management and Administration

Anne Filipic is Director of Management & Administration. She formerly served as Chief Program Officer and Chief Operating Officer at the Obama Foundation. Before that, she was President of Enroll America, a coalition formed to promote enrollment in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) insurance plans. During the Obama Administration, she served as Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the White House, and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also formerly served as Deputy Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and on President Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign.[73]

David Recordon is Director of Technology in the Office of Management and Administration.[74] Recordon was formerly the Vice President of Infrastructure and Security at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.[75] During the Obama Administration, he served as Director of White House Information Technology. Before joining the Obama Administration, he was Engineering Director at Facebook.[76]

Austin Lin is Deputy Director of Technology in the Office of Management and Administration. He previously worked at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and also served as a Technical Program Manager at Facebook. During the Obama Administration, he served in multiple roles including as Deputy Director of Information Technology and Associate Director for Operations.[77]

Office of Management and Budget

Shalanda Young is Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. She formerly served in multiple roles for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, including as Democratic Staff Director from 2017-2021, Democratic Deputy Staff Director from 2016-2017, and as a professional staff member from 2007-2016.[78]

Jason Miller is Deputy Director for Management for the Office of Management and Budget. He formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Washington Partnership and as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.[79] During the Obama Administration, Miller served as deputy director of the National Economic Council.[80]

K. Sabeel Rahman is Senior Counselor at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.[81] Rahman was the President of Demos from 2018 to 2021, and is on leave from his position as an associate professor at Brooklyn Law School. He was Design Director for the Gettysburg Project from 2013 to 2016, has served on the boards of United to Protect Democracy, The New Press, and the Narrative Initiative, and has been a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and New America.[82] Rahman has participated in multiple Democracy Alliance Conferences.

Office of Presidential Personnel

Catherine Russell is Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. She was Vice Chair of Biden’s 2020 Presidential Campaign and served on the advisory board of the Biden-Harris Transition. Prior to that, she was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. During the Obama Administration, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, as well as U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. She also formerly served as a senior advisor on international women’s issues for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, as staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and as senior counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). She has also served as co-chair of the board of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, a board member of Women for Women International, an advisory council member at National Security Action, and a steering committee member at the Leadership Council for Women in National Security.[83]

Gautam Raghavan is Deputy Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. He was Deputy Head of Presidential Appointments for the Biden-Harris Transition. Before that, he served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), as an advisor to the Biden Foundation, and as Vice President of Policy at the Gill Foundation. During the Obama Administration, he served as a White House liaison to the LGBTQ and the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities, as well as in the White House Liaison Office for the U.S. Department of Defense. He was Outreach Lead for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Working Group at the Pentagon.[84] Before that, he was director of the Asian American Finance Committee for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, and Midwest Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee.[85]

Office of the Press Secretary

Jen Psaki is White House Press Secretary. She formerly served as Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as a contributor to CNN. During the Obama Administration, she served as White House Communications Director, Spokesperson at the U.S. Department of State under then-Secretary John Kerry, Deputy White House Communications Director, and Deputy White House Press Secretary. She served as Deputy Press Secretary for John Kerry’s 2004 Presidential campaign, and as Traveling Press Secretary on Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She has also served as a spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and as Communications Director for former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY).[86] She was also formerly Senior Vice President at the consulting firm Global Strategy Group,[87] and a member of the advisory council at National Security Action.[88]

In April 2021, Fox News reported that Psaki had previously worked as a “communications consultant” for Demand Justice, according to her financial disclosure report, and that she had served on the advisory board of Supreme Court Voter, which is a project of Demand Justice.[89] Demand Justice is a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund.

Office of Public Engagement

Cedric Richmond is Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He was National Co-Chairman of Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign and also served as co-chair of the Biden-Harris Transition. Richmond was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2021, representing Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. During his time in Congress he served on several committees and was the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.[90]

Office of Science and Technology Policy

Eric S. Lander is Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is on leave from his position as President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and from his positions as a professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School. During the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2017, he was co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.[91] He has served on the board of directors of the Innocence Project and as a member of the Defense Innovation Board.[92] He is a trustee of the Lander Family Charitable Foundation.[93]

Office of the Staff Secretary

Neera Tanden is White House Staff Secretary, after serving as Senior Advisor to the President.[94] She had most recently served as President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. During the Obama Administration, she was a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Tanden was Director of Domestic Policy for President Obama’ 2008 campaign after having served as Policy Director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Before that, she served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Legislative Director for then-Senator Clinton, and as an Associate Director for Domestic Policy in the Clinton Administration.[95] Tanden has been a regular participant in Democracy Alliance Conferences.

President Biden originally nominated Tanden for Director of the Office of Management and Budget, but she withdrew her nomination from consideration after it became clear that she would not receive enough votes in the U.S. Senate for confirmation. Senators from both parties had expressed opposition to Tanden’s nomination on the basis of her past controversial statements and tweets, which Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) characterized as “overtly partisan statements.”[96]

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Katherine Tai is United States Trade Representative. She formerly was Chief Trade Counsel to the Chairman and Democratic Members of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and also formerly served in multiple roles in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, including as Chief Counsel for China Trade Enforcement.[97]

Office of the Vice President

Hartina Flournoy is Chief of Staff to the Vice President. She previously served as Chief of Staff to former President Bill Clinton, and as Assistant to the President for Public Policy at the American Federation of Teachers. She has held numerous past positions within the Democratic Party including head of Howard Dean’s Democratic National Committee transition team, traveling chief of staff to vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman and Finance Director during Al Gore’s 2000 Presidential campaign, Deputy to the Campaign Manager for President Clinton’s 1992 transition office, General Counsel for the 1992 Democratic National Convention, and Counsel to the Democratic National Committee under Chairs Paul Kirk and Ron Brown. During the Clinton Administration, she served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.[98]

White House Cabinet Secretary

Cristobal J. Alex is White House Deputy Cabinet Secretary, and served as a senior advisor on Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.[99] Alex was formerly President of the Latino Victory Project and its affiliated Latino Victory Fund, and served as Deputy Director of Voter Outreach and Mobilization for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Before that, he worked as a program officer[100] at both the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation, and as Director of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights. He has served as a board member at the League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Action Fund, and the Sixteen Thirty Fund.[101]

White House Communications Director

Kate Bedingfield is White House Communications Director. She served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign. During the Obama Administration, she was Communications Director for Vice President Biden, as well as Associate Communications Director, Deputy Director of Media Affairs, and Director of Response. Before that, she served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) 2008 Senate campaign, Deputy National Press Secretary for John Edwards’ 2008 Presidential campaign, and Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She has also served as Chief Spokeswoman and Vice President of Corporate Communications at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and as Vice President of Communications at Monumental Sports & Entertainment.[102]

White House Counsel’s Office

Dana Remus is White House Counsel. She served as General Counsel on Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign, and before that was General Counsel at the Obama Foundation and the personal office of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. During the Obama Administration, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel for Ethics. She also formerly served as a law professor at the University of North Carolina, an associate attorney at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.[103]

Paige Herwig is Senior Counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office, where her work includes overseeing President Biden’s judicial nominations.[104] Herwig was formerly Deputy Chief Counsel at Demand Justice, a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund.[105] She has also served as Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives at Facebook, and was Chief Counsel to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). During the Obama Administration, she served as Associate Counsel to the President, and as counselor to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.[106]

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Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Susan Rice
    Director of the Domestic Policy Council
  2. Heather Boushey
    Member of the Council of Economic Advisers
  3. Jared Bernstein
    Member of the Council of Economic Advisers
  4. Jake Sullivan
    National Security Advisor
  5. Brian Deese
    Director of the National Economic Council
  6. Ronald Klain
    White House Chief of Staff
  7. Cristobal Alex
    White House Deputy Cabinet Secretary
  8. K. Sabeel Rahman
    Senior Counselor at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
  9. Paige Herwig
    Senior Counsel
  10. Steve Richetti
    Counselor to the President
  11. Anne Filipic
    Director of Management & Administration
  12. Jen Psaki
    White House Press Secretary
  13. Gina McCarthy
    National Climate Advisor
  14. Anita Dunn
    Former Senior Advisor to the President
  15. John Kerry
    Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
  16. Justin Levitt
    White House Senior Policy Advisor for Democracy and Voting Rights
  17. Carmel Martin
    Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council for Economic Mobility
  18. Neera Tanden
    White House Staff Secretary
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