President BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for ‘common medical procedure’ MORE plans to name Erika Moritsugu to a new senior level Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison position in the White House, two people familiar with the choice confirmed.
CBS News first reported that the Biden administration would tap Moritsugu, who has held high-level positions on Capitol Hill and in the federal government, for the role, which the White House announced plans to create in March. Moritsugu will be responsible for outreach to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on reports of Moritsugu’s selection. CBS reported that Biden would announce her appointment to the role Thursday.
Biden is expected to meet with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus at the White House on Thursday, but Moritsugu is not expected to attend the meeting.
The White House announced plans to create the liaison position last month in response to pushback from Sens. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthHHS expands Medicaid postpartum coverage for Illinois mothers up to a year after giving birth Political disenfranchisement is fueling environmental injustice Tammy Duckworth pressures postal service board on firing DeJoy MORE (D-Ill.) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenate GOP signal they won’t filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: ‘I’ve never felt this level of fear’ Democrats work to pick up GOP support on anti-Asian hate crimes bill MORE (D-Hawaii) over a lack of Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in Biden’s Cabinet. The two senators initially threatened to vote against Biden’s Cabinet nominees in protest but walked back on the threats after the White House announced plans for the new senior liaison position.
Their calls came amid a significant spike in violence against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
Moritsugu currently serves as vice president for congressional relations and economic justice at the National Partnership for Women & Families. She previously worked in several roles on Capitol Hill, including as general counsel to Duckworth and staff and policy director at the Democratic Policy Committee under then-Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWhite House races clock to beat GOP attacks Harry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: ‘We didn’t mince words’ The Memo: Biden seeks a secret weapon — GOP voters MORE (D-Nev.).
Moritsugu also served as assistant secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development under former President Obama.
Brett Samuels contributed.