Biden appoints Jeff Zients, who spearheaded the COVID response, as White House Chief of Staff


WASHINGTON — Jeff Zients, who spearheaded President Joe Biden’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic during the first year of his administration, is being named the new White House chief of staff, according to the UK Time News.

Zients, a management consultant who also served in President Barack Obama’s administration, will succeed Ron Klain, who steps down after leading Biden’s first two years in office, the UKTN said, citing two people familiar with the matter. Klain plans to leave in the weeks following Biden’s State of the Union address in February.

Zients, 56, will take over as chief of staff as Biden deals with the fallout from the discovery of classified documents at his Delaware home and former Washington private office, and as he is expected to run for office for a second term.

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Zients served as the White House’s response coordinator for 14 months to the COVID-19 pandemic, which included overseeing the largest vaccination campaign in the nation’s history. He also served as an advisor to the president. Upon his departure last March, Biden described Zients as “a man of service and an expert manager”.

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Jeff Zients, who served as President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 response coordinator and adviser to the president, will become White House chief of staff.

Since serving as COVID-19 response coordinator, Zients has returned to the White House in a low profile position to work on human resources for the remainder of Biden’s first term.

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Zients has been part of Biden’s inner circle for years. When Biden was vice president, Zients worked with him as director of the National Economic Council and later served on the board of the Biden Cancer Initiative and as an advisor to Biden’s presidential campaign

The Washington Post was the first to report that Biden will appoint Zients as chief of staff.

Before a string of federal appointments, Zients served as chairman and CEO of The Advisory Board Co. and Chairman of the Corporate Executive Board. He and media titan David Bradley took the two companies public, making both men multimillionaires.

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Zients and his wife also co-founded The Urban Alliance Foundation, a non-profit organization that partners with businesses to provide year-round paid internships, adult mentors, and vocational training to economically disadvantaged youth.

He has also served as president of Children’s National Hospital.

Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jeff Zients, who spearheaded WH COVID response, becomes Biden chief of staff


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