Report: Top aide to Kamala Harris will leave Vice President for role at Defense Department

Report: Top aide to Kamala Harris will leave Vice President for role at Defense Department

The most recent addition to the cascade of departures from Vice President Kamala Harris’ office in recent months will be one of Harris’ top aides, who will leave the position to take on a new role at the Department of Defense.

Sabrina Singh, currently serving as deputy press secretary, is set to exit that post, according to an internal email denoting staff adjustments in Harris’ office.

In the memo, Jamal Simmons, who serves as the communications director for the vice president, wrote of the “sad news’ about Singh’s departure. “We will miss her institutional knowledge, strategic counsel, and rapid-fire e-mail fingers,” said Simmons.

Singh had been a key adviser to Harris, whom she had worked alongside through the general election and presidential transition. She was first hired in March 2020 by Harris to run her communications for political matters. Singh took on her current post at the onset of the Biden administration in January 2021.

According to reports, Harris’ new deputy press secretary will be Ernesto “Ernie” Apreza. Apreza had served in the White House Office of Public Engagement and also worked on the 2020 Biden-Harris campaign. He additionally assisted with Harris’ 2019 presidential campaign.

Simmons noted that the new press secretary had already been appointed to the position and “will be a fantastic leader” of the communications team. A source who discussed the issue with CBS News said that Harris is planning to “reconfigure” her entire communications department.

Back in January, Harris had to choose a new communications director after several departures from her office including her chief spokesperson, Symone Sanders, and Vincent Evans, who had been the vice president’s deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.

Evans signaled his intent to leave that position to serve as the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus. Harris’ director of press operations, Peter Velz, also served his final day on the job in January.

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