Top Biden adviser Anita Dunn will depart the White House on Thursday as her temporary position concludes, though she will still play a key role as an outside counselor to President Joe Biden — similar to how she served in the Obama years.
Dunn told POLITICO that her time at the White House was wrapping up Thursday, confirming the news first reported by Axios. She had stayed in the senior adviser post longer than expected but had always envisioned being in a place to help see Biden’s economic agenda gain steam in Congress.
The Senate this week voted in favor of the president’s infrastructure bill and passed a budget that could serve as a vehicle for his social spending package. Both have uncertain fates in the House.
Dunn’s new role as a close confidant will be similar to how her role evolved in the Obama era. She served as a top aide for President Barack Obama early in his presidency before shifting to a consigliere of sorts in the later years.
In early July, the highly regarded political strategist told POLITICO she planned to leave her temporary role “very shortly” and return to her consulting firm.
“I do believe when the president asks you directly to come serve, that you have a responsibility to serve, but this was not my intention to be at the White House full time for a longer stint,” Dunn told POLITICO last month.
Dunn was by Biden’s side through his campaign and was pivotal in the early days of his presidency as he constructed his administration. The senior adviser played a key role in placing women in senior roles throughout the West Wing.
Sam Stein contributed to this report.