Amanda Gray | January 19, 2021
Third-year Notre Dame Law student Rachel Palermo will join the White House staff after President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are inaugurated on Jan. 20.
Palermo will work as assistant press secretary to the vice president. The position is the culmination of a long interest in government and politics.
“When I was in college, I interned at the Department of Justice, which opened my eyes to the importance of public service,” she said.
After graduating from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Palermo joined the press team of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election. During her second year at Notre Dame Law School, she was a legal extern on former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign, working at his campaign headquarters in South Bend. Since early fall, she has been a member of the Biden-Harris Transition's communications team, which she has done remotely.
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