Biden builds out VP team ahead of running mate announcement

Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks 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 HarrisHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border MORE (D-Calif.), former national security adviser Susan RiceSusan RiceRepublicans' 'marriage bonus' is social engineering at its worst Biden HHS secretary argued to keep Trump-era refugee cap: report Biden's elitist work-family policy won't work for most families MORE, Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerCompany continues operating pipeline through Michigan despite governor's order Michigan Republican offers bill to fine fact-checkers for errors Michigan to end remote work after reaching 55 percent vaccination rate MORE (D) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Sanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy 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.