Harris staffer leaves communications department

Following the departure of former press secretary Jen Psaki, Vice President Kamala Harris has lost another key spokesperson as part of a larger White House communications shop reorganization.

According to a report by The Washington Examiner, Herbie Ziskend, a senior communications adviser to Harris will be taking his departure from the VP’s office to move to the president’s press office.

Ziskend will be taking over as the new White House deputy communications director, following a shuffle of that office after the White House press secretary left the office.

The role is being vacated by Kate Berner, who is being promoted to principal deputy communications director.

The outgoing communications office is one of the few surviving members of Harris’s communications team who began working for her at the beginning of President Joe Biden’s presidency.


Ziskend’s appointment comes at the same time that Olivia Dalton, the former director of communications for the U.S. Mission to the UN, has been named the principal deputy press secretary for the White House.

Since Karine Jean-Pierre took Psaki’s place behind the podium, the position has been vacant. Jean-Pierre previously served as the White House press secretary.

In her new, more public role, Dalton, whose friendship with Biden dates back to the time when he was one of Delaware’s senators, will occasionally be asked to brief the media.

“Olivia is a seasoned communications strategist with experience at the highest levels of government, national campaigns, and leading nonprofits,” Jean-Pierre told the Washington Post in a statement.

“She is smart, savvy, and a true pro. She will be a tremendous addition to the press team and true asset for the entire Biden-Harris administration.”

“Kate and Herbie are longtime pillars of the Biden-Harris communications operation through the campaign, the convention, the transition, and now the administration,” White House communications director Kate Bedingfield added.

“They bring insight, passion, and great judgment to their work, and we are excited that they will continue to be critical leaders on this team as we continue to make progress for the American people.”

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