Biden to nominate Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse to economic team: WSJ
President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly planning on nominating a diverse group of women to serve as economic advisers alongside his nominee for Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Biden will nominate Neera Tanden to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Tanden currently serves as president and CEO of the center-left think tank Center for American Progress.
He will also nominate Princeton University labor economist Cecilia Rouse to serve as chair to the Council of Economic Advisers sources close to the matter told the Journal. Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, two economic advisers from Biden’s campaign, will also be nominated to serve alongside Rouse according to the report.
Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, a senior international economic adviser under the Obama administration, will also reportedly be nominated to serve as Yellen’s top deputy at the Treasury Department.
Long-time aides and allies from the Obama administration have been picked for positions in Biden’s administration. Ron Klain, Antony Blinken and John Kerry are all former Obama staffers Biden has picked for top positions.
Biden is expected to announce his nominations for Treasury and other economic roles on Tuesday. One of Biden’s largest challenges upon assuming office will be salvaging the economy decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.
If Yellen is confirmed as Treasury secretary, she will be the first woman to serve in the role. The president-elect has been noted for nominating a diverse range of people to key roles.
Avril Haines, a former top CIA official, has been nominated to be the head of national intelligence and she will also be the first woman to serve in the role if confirmed.
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