Biden to nominate Harris and Emhoff aide to UNESCO: report


President Biden will likely nominate Courtney O’Donnell to represent the U.S. at UNESCO. O’Donnell is a top aide of Vice President Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. A White House official confirmed that O’Donnell would be the nominee to represent the U.S. at the United Nations agency. O’Donnell is a senior advisor in Harris’s Office and Emhoff’s acting chief of staff. She was the communications director for Jill Biden. O’Donnell spent seven years working for Airbnb in the United States. She also provided her expertise on several key issues to both the first couple and the second. Jill Biden, who was pushing to increase awareness and support for U.S. Military Families and promote Community Colleges and Emhoff, whose top priority is countering prejudice towards Jewish people were among them. In a statement Ron Klain, the former White House chief staff, expressed his excitement over O’Donnell being promoted, saying that her colleagues trust her. Klain stated that this was a great pick, and O’Donnell will do a wonderful job at UNESCO. O’Donnell’s nomination came months after the U.S. announced its intention to rejoin UNESCO. Israel, which left the agency last year, told the State Department that it would not be against a U.S. rejoining the agency. The Biden administration was concerned about China’s influence within the agency and wanted to rejoin. The Senate will vote on O’Donnell’s appointment to the post. The Hill has contacted the White House to get more information and for comments.

The Associated Press contributed.

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