Biden builds out VP team ahead of running mate announcement

Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE’s campaign is assembling a team of veteran advisers and strategists to help marshal his running mate, whose announcement is considered imminent, through the fall campaign season. 

The roster includes a handful of Obama campaign and administration veterans, including Liz Allen, who will serve as the vice presidential pick's communications director, and Karine Jean-Pierre, who was named chief of staff. 

Other names include Vince Evans, who has served for the past year as Biden’s Southern political director and will now serve as his running mate’s political director, and Evan Glover, a former associate director of advance in the Office of the Vice President who will be the candidate's director of scheduling.


Biden has yet to publicly name his running mate, though there are signs that an announcement is coming soon. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has interviewed all the finalists for the role, and The New York Times reported on Monday that the four-person team tasked with aiding in the search has effectively dissolved. 

Biden and his campaign have offered little insight into the selection process. The former vice president previously said he expected to announce his choice in the first week of August, though he blew past that self-imposed deadline. 

A formal announcement is now expected sometime this week. 

Biden has already vowed to choose a woman as his running mate, and the list of finalists is said to include the likes of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks Empire State Building lights on eve of Biden inauguration to honor COVID-19 victims READ: Harris letter resigning from Senate ahead of inauguration MORE (D-Calif.), former national security adviser Susan RiceSusan RiceBiden's trade policy needs effective commercial diplomacy Biden taps ex-Obama aide Anita Dunn as senior adviser Biden's chief aide says president wants teams, no rivals MORE, Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMichigan GOP pushes to replace member who voted to certify election results Is the spread of misinformation MLK's dream? Biden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role MORE (D) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP What to watch for in Biden Defense pick's confirmation hearing Biden selects Gensler for SEC chair, Rohit Chopra to lead CFPB MORE (D-Mass.), among others.

Sheila Nix, the former chief of staff to Jill Biden in the White House, will serve as a senior adviser to the eventual running mate’s spouse. 

Others assigned to the running mate’s team include policy adviser Amanda Perez, director of scheduling and advance Ryan Montoya and press assistant Amijah Townsend-Holmes, who previously served as the executive assistant to Kate Bedingfield, one of Biden’s deputy campaign managers.