Monday, May 17, 2021

CAP Chief Neera Tanden Lands at the White House

Center for American Progress (CAP) President and CEO Neera Tanden has finally found her way into the White House after her nomination to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was withdrawn in March.

She will now be a senior advisor to President Joe Biden, according to various media reports.

Here is more from the Associated Press on what she will be doing in her new role:

She will launch a review of the US Digital Service and begin planning for possible policy changes that could result from the forthcoming Supreme Court decision on GOP legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Tanden worked in former President Barack Obama’s administration as the act was designed and implemented.


The Washington Post notes that Tanden is "particularly close" to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who played a "significant role" in her initial selection for the Cabinet.  He was also "instrumental" is helping Tanden land this new White House job, according to the Post.

Here is a statement from CAP Founder John Podesta on Tanden's appointment. 

Here is a Think Tank Watch list of think tankers who have gone into the Biden Administration.  Tanden is one of six think tank presidents who have been tapped for a White House post.

There is no official word yet as to who will replace Tanden at CAP.