Newsman: President-elect Joe Biden has named Bangladeshi-American Zayn Siddique in the office of the White House deputy chief of staff. Siddique becomes the first Bangladeshi-American to be named to a senior position in the incoming Biden administration. President-elect Biden has said that he will have one of the most diverse administrations in American history. Currently, Zayn Siddique is the chief of staff for the Domestic and Economic Team of the Biden-Harris Transition.
Biden Transition Team made a series of new appointments on Wednesday. Other appointments made by Biden include John McCarthy, senior adviser to the counsellor to the president; Thomas Winslow, senior adviser to the deputy chief of staff; Lisa Kohnke, director of Presidential Scheduling; Sarah Feldmann, chief of staff for the Office of the Management and Administration; Michael Leach, chief diversity and inclusion director; Christian Peele, deputy director of Management and Administration for Personnel; and Jeffrey Wexler, director of COVID-19 Operations.
President elect Joe Biden said,” To tackle the challenges facing our country and restore faith in government, we must build an administration with experienced, principled, and dedicated appointees. These individuals are part of a White House staff that is ready to build back better immediately to make a difference in the lives of working families.” “They are accomplished public servants who will be instrumental in ensuring that our White House is efficient and effective in delivering for the American people,” he added.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said these dedicated public servants reflected the very best of the nation. “They have the knowledge and expertise to help us meet the unprecedented challenges facing the American people.
The key man of incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said,”Today’s skilled and experienced appointees bring a commitment to public service that will further enhance our historic White House team. Each appointee will help ensure efficiency and collaboration within the White House and throughout the administration as we work to build back better and improve the lives of all Americans.”
Zayn Siddique was also a member of Vice President-elect Harris’s prep team for the 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate. Previously, Siddique was the Deputy Policy Director for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign and a Senior Policy Advisor to his senate campaign. He has also served as a law clerk to Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Dean Pregerson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In between his clerkships, Siddique practiced law as an associate at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Originally from Bangladesh and raised in New York, Siddique is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.