Joe Biden has named Jeff Zyants, the former White House policy coordinator for COVID-19, as his administration’s chief of staff. This is stated in a statement from the White House released on Friday.
Ziants will replace current chief of staff Ron Klein, the statement said.
The president thanked Klein, with whom they have worked for the past 36 years, including the last two years in the current administration, calling him a “talented man” and a “brilliant intellectual”.
“Working together, we’ve made incredible progress in the fight against COVID, restarted our economy, rebuilt our infrastructure, and won the endorsement of nearly 100 federal justices, including the first black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. “, said the president in a statement. “We are restoring America’s place in the world and, perhaps most importantly, restoring faith in our democracy.”
Zyants, who led the transition of the Joe Biden administration after his election in 2020, previously held positions in fiscal policy and strategy in President Barack Obama’s administration. He was director of the National Economic Council and acting director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration. He also led the team that helped fix the HealthCare.gov website after its failed initial launch.
In the Biden administration, Zyants became the first coordinator of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was tasked with rolling out a massive vaccination program across the country in early 2021. He stepped down from that post in 2022 before being called up to prepare for a re-appointment to the White House after the mid-elections. mandate.
Zyants also has extensive business experience, having served as president and CEO of The Advisory Board, an education and healthcare consultancy. He has also served as a managing partner at investment firm Portfolio Logic, chairman of the board of directors at Children’s National Medical Center, and a board member at Facebook.
The White House chief of staff leads the day-to-day administration processes, oversees the implementation of the president’s policies, and serves as a liaison between cabinet members.
Zyants has a reputation for solving problems and implementing new solutions, making his skills suitable for the new phase of a Biden presidency.
“When I ran for president, I promised that the government would work for the good of the American people. Jeff will do that. We have a big task ahead of us – to implement the laws passed in an effective and fair,” Biden said, characterizing the new leader of his apparatus.
The official event dedicated to the change in the administration’s chief of staff will be held at the White House next week.
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