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Joe Biden's staff secretary is set to leave the White House


Jessica Hertz, the staff secretary in the White House, is leaving her position, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Hertz, a former lawyer in Facebook’s Washington office, occupied one of the most powerful perches in the White House, controlling the flow of paper and documents that reached President Joe Biden’s desk. She is one of the first senior White House staffers to leave the administration, which hasn’t hit its 10-month mark yet.

It’s unclear who will replace her and lead the eight-person staff secretary’s office.

Hertz, who also served as a deputy assistant to the president and will leave in the coming days, had no comment. A White House spokesperson declined to comment.

Before joining the Biden transition team as general counsel in June 2020, Hertz was a director and associate general counsel for regulatory affairs at Facebook, where she spent more than two years. Hertz also worked as principal deputy counsel for Biden when he was vice president, before doing a stint at the law firm Jenner & Block. She started her career in politics in the Obama administration, as counselor to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs administrator Cass Sunstein, before joining the Justice Department.

Hertz, who was described by White House colleagues as easy to work with and very talented at her job, studied art history and French literature at Harvard and earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Previous staff secretaries at the White House have gone on to prominent political posts. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and former White House counsel Harriet Miers were staff secretaries during the George W. Bush administration; former White House communications director David Gergen served in the role during the Reagan administration; and former White House chief of staff John Podesta and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) both held the job during the Clinton administration. Rob Porter, who served in the role for President Donald Trump, resigned amid reports that he’d been abusive to his past wives.

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