Biden fills out incoming communications team with campaign veterans

Kate Berner, who was deputy communications director for messaging on the Biden campaign, will serve as White House deputy communications director, the transition team announced. Emma Riley, who was the Biden campaign’s deputy communications director in Pennsylvania, has been named the White House communications office’s chief of staff.

Remi Yamamoto, the Biden campaign’s traveling national press secretary, will serve as senior communications adviser to the White House chief of staff.

Mike Gwin, the Biden campaign’s deputy rapid response director, will ascend to the role of director of rapid response in Biden’s White House, while Biden campaign research director Megan Apper will serve in the same capacity on the White House communications team.

Meghan Hays, deputy communications director for strategic planning on the Biden campaign, will serve as White House director of message planning. Paige Hill, who was the Biden campaign’s regional communications director, has been named White House senior regional communications director.

Mariel Sáez, the women’s media director on the Biden campaign, will serve as White House director of broadcast media. Jennifer Molina, the Biden campaign’s Latino media director, will become the White House senior director of coalitions media.

Rosemary Boeglin, Kevin Munoz and Vedant Patel — who all also served as Biden campaign spokespeople — will become White House assistant press secretaries. Angela Dela Cruz Perez, national communications assistant on the Biden campaign, will serve as a White House press assistant, as will Amijah Townsend-Holmes, who was the communications assistant to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Among the newly announced incoming White House staffers who did not directly work on the Biden campaign, Amanda Finney will serve as the press office’s chief of staff and special assistant to the press secretary. Michael Kikukawa will become a White House press assistant.

Biden previously announced last month that he would have an all-female senior communications team, led by White House communications director Kate Bedingfield and press secretary Jen Psaki.