Jul 28, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Anne Filipic, responsible for building most diverse White House, to depart

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Anne Filipic, the director of White House Management and Administration and Office of Administration, is expected to depart in August, a White House official told Axios.

Why it matters: While leading the operational backbone of the White House, Filipic was responsible for building and maintaining the most diverse White House in history, including onboarding the first-ever chief diversity and inclusion director and the first on-staff American Sign Language interpreters.

Details: Filipic launched the first paid White House internship program in recent history, following a year-long effort to gain the statutory authority to do so.

  • She also onboarded more than 500 other staff members and supported them as many worked from home during the pandemic and in the early days of the administration. She then coordinated their return to campus last summer.

Before joining the Biden administration, Filipic served as chief program officer of the Obama Foundation.

  • She was also president of Enroll America, a non-profit organization dedicated to maximizing the number of Americans who enrolled in health coverage via the Affordable Care Act. 
  • Filibic served stints in the Obama White House as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, as well as deputy director of intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

What they're saying: “Anne is simply the best at what she does — as a manager, quick thinker, and organizational expert," Jen O'Malley Dillon, deputy White House chief of staff, told Axios.

  • "It still amazes me how she has been able to do everything Management and Administration has done under incredibly difficult circumstances of a pandemic and an unusual transition," she said.
  • "President Biden promised to have an Administration that reflected the country and thanks to Anne and her work overseeing Management and Administration, we have built the most diverse White House in history, that was swiftly and safely onboarded in unprecedented times," added White House chief of staff Ron Klain.
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