A senior adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris and her chief spokesperson, will depart at the end of the year, in a sign of growing turmoil within the office.
Symone Sanders is the second top aide to Harris to announce her departure in under a month. Just two weeks ago Communications Director Ashley Etienne resigned. The vice president has been plagued by poor approval ratings and questions from Republican critics about her competence.
“Symone has served honorably for 3 years,” a White House official told Fox News. “First as a valuable member of the President‘s 2020 presidential campaign, then as a member of his transition team and now deputy assistant to the President and senior advisor/chief spokesperson to the Vice President.”
The White House official also told Fox News that President Biden and Harris “are grateful for Symone’s service and advocacy” and said she “will be missed.”
The official said 31-year-old Sanders will be “working through the end of the year.”
Sanders moved to Washington, D.C. in 2014 and was hired by progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as the national press secretary for his 2016 presidential campaign.
Formerly, Sanders served as the chair of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee and as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice as she advocated for social and racial justice and highlighted economic inequality.