Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief

President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE is searching for a new nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after Neera TandenNeera TandenFive ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet White House delays release of budget plan MORE withdrew from consideration this week.

Biden will not name a replacement this week, press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict The Memo: Russia tensions rise with Navalny's life in balance Top House Republicans ask Harris for meeting on border MORE said Wednesday, and the White House has been mum about who is being considered. But lobbying has already started in earnest as lawmakers and outside groups push their preferred candidates.

Here are the names to watch as the Biden White House zeroes in on a new nominee for OMB director.


Shalanda Young

Shalanda Young is Biden’s pick for deputy director of OMB, making her a natural pick to elevate to the head of the agency, and she has received the most buzz of any potential nominee in the 24 hours since Tanden pulled out of consideration.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict House GOP's McClain responds to Pelosi calling her 'that woman' GOP struggles to rein in nativism MORE (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Republicans ask Pelosi to reschedule Biden's address to Congress This week: Democrats move on DC statehood Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote MORE (D-Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) issued a statement on Wednesday backing Young for the job, and the Congressional Black Caucus and New Democratic Coalition have also thrown their support behind her.

Perhaps most importantly, multiple Republican senators have indicated they would support Young for both the deputy director role and the director job should she be nominated for the latter.

“You’ll get my support, maybe for both jobs,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin Graham'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party Graham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of troop withdrawal Wall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study MORE (R-S.C.) said at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Young spent the past 14 years as a staffer on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, most recently in the top post of staff director. Young would be the first woman of color to lead OMB if nominated and confirmed.


Ann O’Leary

Ann O’Leary has been floated as a possible replacement for Tanden dating back to mid-February when it appeared the latter’s nomination was in jeopardy.

O’Leary is a former aide to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE who worked on her Senate legislative staff and on her 2016 presidential campaign. She most recently served as chief of staff to California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNPR journalist discusses home affordability in California California Democrats weigh their recall options California opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and up MORE (D) before stepping down from that role in December. 

Some progressive Democrats have backed O’Leary in discussions with the White House, and Politico reported in late February that O’Leary had privately voiced her belief that she would be qualified for the job should Tanden’s nomination falter.

O’Leary told Politico at the time that she was “1,000 percent behind” Tanden as the nominee.

Gene Sperling

Gene Sperling served as the head of the National Economic Council (NEC) under former President Clinton and former President Obama, making him the only person to do so for two different presidents.

Sperling worked extensively on economic policy in both administrations. He worked as an aide to the Treasury secretary during the Obama administration before leading the NEC. 

His supporters have touted Sperling’s experience on Capitol Hill and in budget fights paired with his time in the Obama White House, arguing it will help him navigate difficult budget fights.

But Tanden was a woman of color, and the Biden White House will likely face pressure to nominate a diverse candidate in her place.

Chris Lu, Nani Coloretti or Sonal Shah

With Tanden’s nomination falling by the wayside, the Biden administration has only nominated one individual who is an Asian American or Pacific Islander for a Cabinet role with his choice of Katherine TaiKatherine TaiDemocratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents US whiskey and wine exporters brace for a summer of tariffs Rehabilitating protection and resituating trade agreements MORE as U.S. trade representative.


The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and advocacy groups are urging Biden to consider an Asian American or Pacific Islander to replace Tanden, who would have been the first Indian American woman to lead OMB.

Among the names being pushed are Chris Lu, who served as Cabinet secretary during the Obama administration; Nani Coloretti, who was deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration; and Sonal Shah, who founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Obama White House and most recently served as national policy director on Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden looks to bolster long-term research and development White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations MORE’s presidential campaign.

“Hope @JoeBiden and Administration will consider another #AsianAmerican for OMB. This is the moment and it is important for the #AAPI community,” Shah tweeted on Tuesday.

Advocates have noted that Asian Americans are the fastest growing demographic group in the United States, making representation in Biden’s Cabinet particularly important.

“I think we put in a lot of effort with Neera’s nomination … At least to have other Asian Americans considered for the role would be helpful for the community,” said Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, president of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.