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Joe Biden Names Haitian-American Karen Andre As His Florida Senior Advisor and Senior Advisor to National Faith Outreach

Karen Andre
Karen Andre

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday announced the members of his senior leadership team in Florida, Haitian-American attorney Karen Andre is among the selected few to serve as Senior Advisor and Senior Advisor to National Faith Outreach to the campaign.

President Donald Trump’s campaign has emphasized the importance of the state as a must-win to retain the White House, but recent polls have consistently shown Biden in the lead in the swing state.

Karen Andre is a highly sought after and respected political consultant who has advised and directed strategy for elected officials, campaigns, and candidates at the federal, state, and local levels. Most recently, she served as Political Director of Organizing Together 2020 in Florida where she helped build a state-wide partnership coalition.

Previously, she served as Senior Advisor for Gillum for Governor during his triumphant primary win as Democratic nominee for governor of Florida in 2018. In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as White House Liaison to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Karen is president of People First Strategies utilizing her extensive experience in establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships in the private, philanthropic, and public sectors. She is also an attorney, author, and professional speaker.

In addition to Andre, Biden named Jackie Lee, veteran Orlando-based consultant who has been working for the campaign since October 2019, as his state director. Brandon Thompson will work as the Biden campaigns coordinated director and Florida Democratic Party executive director Juan Peñalosa was named a Biden senior adviser.

“We are thrilled to bring together some of the most talented and experienced minds in Florida Democratic politics to oversee a Florida operation that will reflect the state’s diversity and prioritize the issues Floridians care about,” Biden’s national states director Jenn Ridder said in a statement. “We look forward to competing aggressively in the Sunshine State, and Jackie, Juan, Brandon, and Karen will lead the team that will turn Florida blue and help send Joe Biden to the White House.”

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