President Biden has named Finsbury Glover Hering partner Elizabeth Allen, assistant secretary of state for global public affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
During the 2020 campaign, Allen took a leave of absence from Finsbury, where she specializes in message and campaign strategy, crisis management, and leadership communications, to serve as communications director for VP candidate Kamala Harris.
She was previously a managing director at Glover Park Group. Before that, she held several senior communications positions during the Obama administration, including deputy director of communications to then-vice president Biden and White House deputy communications director.
Allen also served in Obama's State Dept. as director of strategic communications and public affairs for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, focusing on U.S. public diplomacy efforts.