Zients to replace Klain as White House chief of staff

Jeff Zients, the former White House coronavirus response coordinator, is expected to replace Ron Klain as White House chief of staff, two sources familiar with the plans

told The Hill. Zients left his role as Biden’s first COVID-19 czar in April 2022 after advising the pandemic response effort and was replaced by Ashish Jha. He returned

this fall ahead of the midterm elections to assist Klain with preparations for staff turnover, as well as other projects. The White House declined to comment.

Zients was director of the National Economic Council under President Obama and before that was acting director of the Office of Management and Budget. Between the Obama and

Biden administrations, he was chief executive officer of an investment firm, Cranemere, and was on the board of directors of Facebook. Klain will likely leave following

President Biden’s State of the Union address on Feb. 7, The New York Times first reported. Klain, who has been in the role for longer than any other Democratic president’s chief

of staff, is expected to remain in his current role for some time to help his successor acclimate. Prior to government, Zients was a management consultant for Mercer

Management Consulting, which is now Oliver Wyman, and Bain & Company. He also was CEO and chairman of the Advisory Board Company alongside David Bradley, the former owner of

The Atlantic. Zients, who is a D.C. native, formed a group with Colin Powell and others in 2005 to purchase the Washington Nationals. Zients would enter the role as

Biden readies for a possible reelection bid. The president is on track to signal that he will seek another term around the time of the State of the Union.