- The 31-year-old Indian American will serve as a principal deputy spokesperson under press secretary Ned Price.
Vedant Patel, assistant White House press secretary, is moving to the State Department next month. He will serve as a principal deputy spokesperson under press secretary Ned Price.
The 31-year-old Indian American has been serving in the White House since January 2021. He focused on issues including immigration, climate change and education, and worked with the National Security Council on security-related affairs, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
A San Jose native, Patel served as regional communications director on the Biden-Harris campaign. During Biden’s primary campaign, he served as the Nevada and Western Primary-States communications director. Before that he worked as communications director to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Western Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic National Committee, and communications director to Congressman Mike Honda.
Born in India and raised in California, Patel is a graduate of the University of California-Riverside and the University of Florida. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife.
However, Patel is not the only one leaving the White House press office. Amanda Finney, the chief of staff in the White House press office, will shift to the Department of Energy to serve in a senior communications role. “While staffing changes are not uncommon, particularly after the one-year mark of an administration,” The Hill notes that “Patel’s and Finney’s exits are part of a broader reshuffling within the White House press shop.”
Meanwhile, Abdullah Hasan, the deputy communications director at the Office of Management and Budget, is transitioning to the White House press staff and will take over some of Patel’s responsibilities, The Hill report added.
Psaki left last month to take a job with MSNBC and was replaced by Karine Jean-Pierre, who had spent the first 15 months of the administration serving as principal deputy press secretary.