Joe Biden announces media and economics teams
December 1, 2020 - President-elect Joe Biden has named his choices for several top economics and communications positions, as he continues to build the most diverse Cabinet and inner circle of advisers in U.S. history.
In a statement, Biden said he would nominate Janet Yellen, the former Federal Reserve chair, to lead the Treasury Department, and former Clinton and Obama adviser Neera Tanden to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also named Wally Adeyemo, a former Obama administration official and the first CEO of the former president’s nonprofit foundation, as his nominee for deputy treasury secretary. He also unveiled his White House economic team, consisting of economists Cecilia Rouse, Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey.
Biden, who has placed a premium on diversity in his selection of Cabinet nominees and key advisers, is looking to notch a few firsts with his economic team selections. Yellen would be the first woman to lead the Treasury Department and Adeyemo the first Black deputy secretary. Tanden would be the first woman of colour to lead OMB and Rouse the first woman of colour to chair the Council of Economic Advisers.
Biden also confirmed that he will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House. Jen Psaki, a longtime Democratic spokeswoman, will be his press secretary, while Kate Bedingfield will be White House communications director after serving in that role for his presidential campaign.