Biden nominates Kamala Harris' advisor as the U.S. ambassador to UNESCO


President Joe Biden has chosen Courtney O'Donnell, a former aide and current Senior Advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris, to represent the United States at UNESCO, the United Nations agency for education, science, and culture based in Paris. 

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O'Donnell's appointment comes after the United States recently rejoining UNESCO following a five-year hiatus.

Courtney O'Donnell brings extensive experience in global partnership development, public affairs, and strategic communications. She has held high-level positions in two presidential administrations, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, national political campaigns, and the private sector. Additionally, she recently oversaw global partnerships at Airbnb.

Her appointment as the U.S. representative to UNESCO will carry the rank of ambassador. O'Donnell has played significant roles in gender equity and combating bias against Jews, an important issue for Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, who is Jewish.

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Former White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain praised O'Donnell's appointment, highlighting her reliability and experience in global affairs. 

This appointment underscores the importance of UNESCO in U.S. international relations and its efforts to promote education, science, and culture worldwide.