Former COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients to be named White House Chief of Staff

Jeff Zients, who ran President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 response effort and served in roles in the Obama administration, is expected to replace Ron Klain as the next White House chief of staff.


 The Washington Post reported Sunday that Zients is in line to be elevated to the chief of staff role, while rumors of Klain resigning in a few weeks began circulating over the weekend.


Zients was the director of the National Economic Council and an assistant on economic policy to President Barack Obama. He was part of Biden’s transition team before picking up the role of coronavirus response coordinator. According to CNN, the White House underwent an internal search to find a replacement for Klain. The chief of staff preferred Zients as the next in line after he played a role in filling staffing positions after the midterm elections. In March, Zients stepped away from his position as the White House’s COVID-19 response director for a private sector position. Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, took Zients’ place on the COVID-19 response team.


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