Symone Sanders will serve as chief spokeswoman for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
President-elect Joe Biden announced Sanders’ new role as part of his all-female communications team.
In her role, Sanders will speak for Harris, the first woman of color on a presidential ticket. Harris commended the incoming administration’s communications team in a statement:
“Our country is facing unprecedented challenges — from the coronavirus pandemic to the economic crisis, to the climate crisis, and a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice. To overcome these challenges, we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering team will help us do that.”
Sanders served as a senior adviser to the Biden campaign, which led the Democrats to victory in November. She previously served Bernie Sanders as press secretary during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Sanders is the former chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee and a former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.
“Ready to serve accurately describes how I feel. Thank you Madam Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris for entrusting me with this charge. It has been the honor of my life to work for @JoeBiden & I am elated to have the opportunity to continue to that work in the PEOPLE’S HOUSE,” Sanders tweeted.
Kate Bedingfield, who served as Biden’s communications director while he was vice president and on his recent presidential campaign, will be the White House communications director. Jen Psaki, who served as White House communications director for the last two years of President Barack Obama’s administration, will be Biden’s White House press secretary.