Karine Jean-Pierre
Karine Jean-Pierre

Karine Jean-Pierre will succeed Jen Psaki as White House press secretary on May 13 to become the first Black and openly gay person to hold that position.

President Joe Biden also announced that Anita Dunn, partner and founding member of SKDK, is rejoining his team to plot strategy and guide messaging leading up to the midterm elections.

Jean-Pierre, who is principal deputy press secretary, is a long-term Biden advisor. She had communications and political roles during the campaign and while he was vice president.

Before joining Biden’s presidential campaign, she was chief public affairs officer for MoveOn.org and a NBC/MSNBC analyst.

Dunn was senior advisor to Biden and Kamala Harris during the presidential campaign, then joined Team Biden to work on the transition. She worked closely with Psaki and communications director Kate Bedingfield.

Dunn, who also counseled Democrats Barack Obama, Tom Daschle, Bill Bradley and Evan Bayh, returned to SKDK earlier this year.