Vice President Kamala Harris’s deputy chief of staff is leaving the Biden administration next month, the latest in a string of senior aides to depart the vice president’s office in recent months.
Michael Fuchs — a senior State Department official under former President Barack Obama, foreign policy adviser to former President Bill Clinton, and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress before joining the Biden administration last year — advised Harris on a range of domestic and international issues since taking office.
Fuchs told staff in an internal memo he will leave his post in early May, according to Reuters, which reviewed the note. He praised the administration and said he would reveal his plans at a later date. Harris’s office did not respond to a request for comment confirming the departure.
The deputy chief of staff’s exit follows the recent departures of several high-profile Harris advisers, including the March 21 announcement by the vice president’s national security adviser Nancy McEldowney that she was stepping down. Harris’s communications team has also seen high turnover, with the departure of the vice president’s communications director and chief spokesperson late last year, as well as other senior messaging aides.
Harris is bringing on a new chief speechwriter, Meghan Groob, who was a senior speechwriter in the Obama administration. Groob most recently worked at Gates Ventures and was a speechwriter to Bill Gates, according to a separate memo seen by Reuters. The vice president’s previous chief speechwriter left her office at the end of February.
Author: Monica Hedren