Washington, December 3 U.S. President-elect Biden announced on the 3rd that he intends to nominate Brian Deese, an economic and climate expert, as the director of the White House National Economic Committee.
In a statement, Biden said that Dees is a “trustworthy voice” and he will help his team better build the American economy and address the existential threat posed by climate change in a job-creating way.
Diss, 42 years old, holds a doctorate in law from Yale University. He served as Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Committee and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget during Obama’s tenure. He was a key figure in the negotiations for the rescue of the auto industry during the Obama administration and assisted the negotiations of the United States to join the Paris climate agreement.
Dees also served as the global head of sustainable investment at BlackRock, an American investment management firm, working to increase attention to climate change in his portfolio and develop investment strategies to accelerate the low-carbon transformation.
The Biden statement also said that Dees has held several key positions to help American leaders “adly meet some of the biggest challenges of this generation”.
Biden has previously announced the proposed list of other key positions on the economic team. Among them, Janet Yellen, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was nominated as Secretary of the Treasury, Cecilia Ross, Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University, to be the chairman of the White House Economic Advisers Committee.
The White House Economic Advisory Committee and the National Economic Council are the two main economic advisory groups of the President of the United States. Compared with the three key members of the Council of Economic Advisers, the director of the National Economic Council can be directly appointed by the President. The latter, primarily responsible for advising the President on U.S. and global economic policy, is a central figure in the White House economic team.