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Yellen Lines Up Ex-SEC Official Nisanci as Chief of Staff

Saleha Mohsin, Robert Schmidt and Nancy Cook
·2 min read

(Bloomberg) -- Janet Yellen’s chief of staff at the Treasury Department will be Didem Nisanci, an executive at Bloomberg LP, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Nisanci has been offered the job and accepted, the people said.

Ben Harris, a top Biden economic adviser, will also join Treasury as a senior adviser to Yellen, according to two people familiar with the matter. Harris helped Biden and his presidential campaign develop key tax and budget policy proposals.

Nisanci is global head of public policy for Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News. If Yellen is confirmed as Treasury secretary, Nisanci will be one of her closest aides. Her appointment doesn’t require Senate confirmation.

Nisanci didn’t respond to emails and phone messages requesting comment. Harris didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team declined to comment.

A spokesperson for Bloomberg LP declined to comment on Nisanci’s appointment.

Nisanci was chief of staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under President Barack Obama and worked for Promontory Financial Group before joining Bloomberg in 2018. She previously worked as staff director on the Senate banking committee and served in the Treasury Department from 1998-2001 as a deputy assistant secretary.

Harris previously served as Biden’s chief economist when he was vice president. After the Obama administration, Harris worked as the executive director of the Kellogg Public-Private Initiative and as an associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

The Biden transition had no immediate comment on Harris’s appointment.

(Updates with Harris joining Treasury in third paragraph)

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