In an all-female senior communications team at the White House, the US President Elect has named Karine Jean-Pierre, 43, who was born in Martinique to Haitian parents, as the new deputy White House press secretary.
Jean-Pierre previously served as chief-of-staff for Vice President-elect, Senator Kamala Harris during her campaign as a US vice presidential candidate.
Vice President Elkect Harris, a US Senator from California, is the daughter of a Tamil Indian mother, research scientist Shyamala Gopalan and a Jamaican father, economist Dr. Donald Harris.
Biden and Harris said the all-female communications team is aimed at bringing diverse perspectives to the White House.
Biden said in a statement that the team comprises qualified, experienced communicators, who will bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.
Harris said the team will communicate clearly, honestly and transparently as the US grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and a series of other crises.
Biden selected Jen Psaki, a top member of his transition team, who served in the Obama-Biden administration, as White House press secretary. Kate Bedingfield, who was deputy Biden-Harris campaign manager, will be White House communications director.
Jean-Pierre, who was raised in Queens, New York, served as a senior advisor to the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign.
Her professional experience has ranged broadly from presidential campaigns to grassroots activism, to local politics, to working in the White House.
Jean-Pierre, is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org and is an MSNBC political analyst.
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