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White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, senior adviser Anita Dunn, White House counselor Steve Richetti, deputy chief of staff Bruce Reed and Presidential Personnel Office Director Cathy Russell each have at least one direct family member working for the Biden administration.
It's all in the family for some well-known members of the Biden administration.


Psaki's sister Stephanie Psaki was appointed to a senior adviser role within the Department of Health and Human Services in March. Her official title is Senior Advisor on Human Rights and Gender Equity in the Office of Global Affairs. Stephani Psaki has a Ph.D. in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and previously worked at the Population Council, an international non-governmental organization.

Jen Psaki has referred to Stephanie Psaki as her "nerdy (in a good way) sister" on Twitter.

"Thanks to my nerdy (in a good way) sister for reminding us of this absurd census issue," Jen Psaki wrote on Twitter in 2019 in response to a tweet from Stephanie Psaki about the Trump administration's push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

In Sullivan's case, his wife, younger brother and sister-in-law work for the Biden administration. The national security adviser's younger brother Tom Sullivan is deputy chief of staff for policy at the State Department after holding the same position during the Obama administration (Jake Sullivan served in both the White House and State Department under Obama). Tom Sullivan's wife Rose Baumann Sullivan is Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislation at HHS, according to the department's website. She was previously a lobbyist for companies including Verizon, Google parent Alphabet and CVS Health, according to Open Secrets.

Jake Sullivan's wife Maggie Goodlander is counsel to Attorney General Merrick Garland after clerking for Garland, according to Politico.

Blinken's wife Evan Ryan is White House Cabinet Secretary, an appointed position without Senate confirmation that entails being a go-between for the president and cabinet departments and agencies. Ryan is an Obama White House alum who served as Assistant to the Vice President…
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