GLG Close-Up on Incoming Biden Staffers
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Joe Biden’s administration will undoubtedly chart a different path for America than the previous administration. Biden has served many years in public service, and to tackle the many challenges ahead, he has been assembling a seasoned staff of experts to address them, many of whom served in the Obama administration. As President Biden assumes office, we wanted to look back at some of the content GLG has produced with incoming members of his staff.
Ron Klain, Incoming White House Chief of Staff
Ron Klain, the former United States Ebola response coordinator under President Obama, was a guest on an episode of our podcast Deciding Factors, where he discussed the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what we have learned. He talks about the importance of official communication and how a quicker future response can mitigate both health and economic risks.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, Appointed to Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Board
Dr. Michael Osterholm, Regents Professor, McKnight Endowed Chair in Public Health, and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, was also a guest on Deciding Factors. He spoke with us about the global fight against COVID-19 and the prospects for vaccine efficacy and distribution.
GLG also spoke to Dr. Osterholm and other medical experts about the COVID vaccines and the challenges of distributing them quickly and efficiently. Dr. Osterholm again stressed that it is not only “smart science but also good public policy to make sure that we all come together and work on distributing a vaccine around the world.”
Jake Sullivan, Incoming National Security Advisor
Jake Sullivan previously served on the White House staff as Deputy Assistant to President Obama and National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden, and GLG sat down with him to discuss the delicacy of the policy-making process. He explained his involvement in the Iran nuclear deal and the often hard-to-discern, real-world consequences of implementing new policies across the globe.
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