President-elect Joe Biden is tapping more longtime aides and Obama veterans to fill out his White House senior staff, announcing six new hires on Tuesday who all spent time in the previous Democratic administration.
Bruce Reed, Biden’s vice presidential chief of staff from 2011 to 2013 and a longtime adviser, will become a deputy chief of staff, the transition team announced. Reed had been the subject of significant pushback from progressive groups who urged Biden not to give him a White House role, citing his past work promoting cuts to programs like Social Security.
Biden also announced the appointment of Gautam Raghavan, an early transition adviser and former chief of staff to Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, to become deputy director of the Office of Presidential Personnel. His appointment will likely encourage progressives who have been pushing for more influence in senior roles.
Raghavan, a first-generation immigrant from India, worked in the Obama-Biden White House as liaison to the LGBTQ and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, among other positions.
Also among the new appointees is Anne Filipic, who will become director of management and administration. Filipic has worked at the Obama Foundation and served stints in the White House and Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration.
Ryan Montoya, the director of scheduling and advance for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris during the Biden-Harris campaign, will join the White House in the same role. He previously worked as chief technology officer for the Sacramento Kings, an NBA team, and was an advance associate during the Obama administration.
Vinay Reddy, Biden’s chief speechwriter during Obama’s second term, the campaign and transition, will join the administration as director of speechwriting.
Elizabeth Wilkins will serve as senior adviser to the chief of staff after working in the same role during the transition. Wilkins previously worked at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and was an adviser on the White House Domestic Policy Council under Obama.
Biden, in a statement announcing the hires, said all are "respected leaders" who will help "deliver the change America needs in these difficult times."
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