A prominent addition to the Biden Administration workforce underlines the fact that a significant number of staff members are leaving the administration.
Axios originally reported that former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will join the West Wing as a senior adviser for public engagement.
Bottoms will succeed Cedric Richmond as one of his highest-ranking aides.
Axios said that Bottoms’ duty will be to ” to develop Biden’s policies and then convince the broader Democratic coalition that the president is charting the right approach.”
Bottoms stated in an interview with Axios that she intends to conduct “more listening than anything,” and that “it’s important that people feel their voices are reflected and their voices are heard.”
According to Axios, Bottoms has pledged to serving “at least” through the November elections.
The Hill reported that Julie Chavez Rodriguez was elevated to senior advisor and assistant to the president and will continue to serve as director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Rodriguez is the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, a leader of farm workers.
Steve Ricchetti, Mike Donilon, Jen O’Malley Dillon, Kate Bedingfield, and Chief of Staff Ron Klain remain Biden’s closest advisors for the time being.
However, many Biden Administration employees are experiencing burnout.
There have already been a number of notable exits, including that of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who has joined MSNBC as a political analyst, host, and commentator.
Bloomberg reports that Amanda Finney, the former chief of staff for the White House press office, has accepted a top communications position with the Energy department.
Michael Kikukawa departed to accept a position in the Treasury Department.
Vendant Patel, assistant press secretary in the White House, resigned last month to become a spokeswoman for the State Department.
Daily Mail reported that White House Office of Public Engagement Director Cedric Richmond has joined the Democratic National Committee.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
This week White House counsel Dana Remus, who has clerking for Justice Samuel Alito on her resume and has been a top lawyer for the Biden team, said she would be moving on next month as well.
Remus will be replaced by her No. 2, Stuart Delery, who was the No. 3 at the Justice Department during the Obama administration.
No word as of yet on where Remus will land after her exit from the White House team. Read more…