- Top Trump spokespeople Kayleigh McEnany and Tim Murtaugh have new gigs.
- The White House announced a key communications role.
- The Department of Health and Human Services went on a hiring spree.
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It wouldn’t be Washington if there wasn’t a blizzard of hires, moves, and shake-ups each week. Insider has compiled as many of these moves as we can for our weekly feature on the most important DC job changes you should know.
Two of Trump’s most prominent spokespeople, former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh, have made soft landings in new jobs. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services went on a hiring spree as the administration continues to combat the pandemic. Plus, one of Facebook’s highest-ranking public policy figures announced she’s leaving the company.
Below are some of the biggest moves we noticed this week.
(PS: Be sure to check out our constantly updating guide to Biden’s White House staff and track the status of his Cabinet nominees as they move through the Senate).
The White House
Chris Meagher joins the White House’s communications team as a deputy press secretary, replacing TJ Ducklo, who resigned in February. Meagher is an alumnus of Pete Buttigieg’s world, having served as press secretary on his presidential campaign, and recently, at the Department of Transportation.
Seth Harris, a former acting and deputy labor secretary under President Barack Obama, is joining Biden’s team as a senior advisor on labor issues. Harris will serve as the link between the White House and labor groups on key issues like the campaign to unionize Amazon.com workers in Alabama, an issue for which Biden has publicly offered support.
Dilawar Syed, president and CEO of healthcare company Lumiata, has been nominated by Biden to serve as deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration. Syed previously served on Obama’s White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and chaired the White House initiative on AAPIs’ economic growth committee.
Leandra English, a former director of policy for the New York State Department of Financial Services, is joining the National Economic Council as special assistant to the president and chief of staff. English previously served in a variety of roles, including chief of staff, for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Elisabeth Reynolds, who was an executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center, joins the NEC as special assistant to the president for manufacturing and economic development. Reynolds has been active in efforts to rebuild manufacturing capabilities in the US.
Samantha Silverberg, a former volunteer on the domestic and economic policy team during the Biden-Harris transition, will serve on the NEC as special assistant to the president for transportation and infrastructure policy. Silverberg previously served as deputy chief administrative officer at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Media and communications
Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is joining Fox News, host Harris Faulkner announced Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what her position will be. Faulkner only said, “we will be seeing much more of her.”
Tim Murtaugh, the former communications director for the Trump campaign, is joining the Heritage Foundation as a visiting fellow for communications and will be contributing to the Daily Signal.
Reporters Adam Wren, Warren Rojas, and Ryan Barber joined Insider’s Washington bureau this week. Be sure to follow them on Twitter at @adamwren, @WARojas, and @cryanbarber.
Grisella Martinez is now chief of staff for Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona. Martinez previously served as vice president of government relations for the National Association of Broadcasters.
Josh Marcus-Blank is now communications director for Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Nevada Democrat. He previously worked for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat.
Elizabeth Lacy Nelson is now digital director for freshman Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Georgia Democrat. She previously worked as a communications staffer for former Sen. Doug Jones, an Alabama Democrat.
Gabby Richards left her post as Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon’s communications director. Richards is now at the public relations firm BerlinRosen Ltd.
Austin Cook joins Michigan Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s office as communications director. He was previously communications director for the North Carolina Democratic Party and was a spokesman for Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s 2020 presidential campaign.
Rachel Elizabeth Kingery is communications director for Rep. Robin Kelly, an Illinois Democrat. She was previously digital director for Rep. Don McEachin, a Virginia Democrat.
Tim Graham is the new vice president of external affairs and government relations at NCTA — The Internet & Television Association. He was formerly legislative counsel for Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat.
Sanchi Jayaram started a new position as assistant director, American law division, at the Congressional Research Service. She previously led the National Security Division’s Foreign Investment Review Section at the US Department of Justice.
Joe Novotny, the House Reading Clerk, is departing, according to Punchbowl News. He will be replaced by Tylease Alli, the clerk for the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Katie Harbath, public policy director for global elections at Facebook, said last week that she was leaving the social media giant. She announced her decision in, of course, a Facebook post. Harbath was one of the company’s top lobbyists, having landed at the gig after a career in Republican politics, and spent a decade with the company.
Lobbying and advocacy
Maya Noronha is now a senior fellow at Foundation for Government Accountability, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that aims to improve “welfare, work, and health care policy.” She was previously acting chief of staff to the deputy secretary for children and families at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Department of Health and Human Services
The Biden administration announced several healthcare hires this week.
Former Virginia Medicaid director Rachel Pryor is now counselor for health policy in the office of the health secretary.
Florence Elizabeth “Beth” Lynk is deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. She was previously program director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Steven “Jeff” Hild is deputy assistant secretary for legislation at HHS. He was previously policy director at Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University.
Sabrina Bousbar is special assistant for COVID response in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. She previously worked on the Biden campaign.
Sarah Boateng is set to become chief of staff for Rachel Levine, Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary for health who is awaiting Senate confirmation. She was previously executive deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Adam Beckman is set to be special advisor to Vivek Murthy, Biden’s nominee for surgeon general who is awaiting Senate confirmation. Beckman was also an advisor to Murthy when he was surgeon general for the Obama administration.
Sherice Perry is senior advisor for the equity task force at HHS’s Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs. She previously worked on the Biden campaign.
Loyce Pace is director of Global Affairs. Pace was president and executive director at the Global Health Council.
Cindy Huang is director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. She was previously vice president of strategic outreach at Refugees International and director of the Refugee Advocacy Lab.
Laura Durso is chief of staff for the HHS Office for Civil Rights. Durso was previously executive director and chief learning officer at Whitman-Walker Health.
Stephanie Akpa is senior advisor in the HHS Office for Civil Rights. She previously was chief counsel for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Jennifer Cannistra is deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Administration for Children and Families. She was previously deputy administrator at HHS’s Family Services Administration.
JooYeun Chang is principal deputy assistant secretary at the Administration for Children and Families. She was previously senior deputy director at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Services Agency, where she oversaw the state’s child welfare system.
Bernadine Futrell is director of the Office of Head Start at the Administration for Children and Families. She previously was senior director for effective practice at the National Head Start Association.
Katie Hamm is associate deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development at the Administration for Children and Families. She was previously vice president for early childhood policy at the Center for American Progress.
Debra Johnson is deputy assistant secretary for external affairs at the Administration for Children and Families. Johnson was director of communications for the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Aysha Schomburg is associate commissioner of the children’s bureau at the Administration for Children and Families. She was previously senior administrator for program oversight for New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services
Elizabeth Fowler is deputy administrator and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Fowler is an Obama administration veteran who went on to become an executive at Johnson & Johnson. She most recently was executive vice president at the Commonwealth Fund.
Andi Fristedt is deputy commissioner for policy at the Food and Drug Administration.
Jordan Grossman is chief of staff for the Health Resources and Services Administration. Grossman was previously counsel at Co-Equal.
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