Symone Sanders, who has been senior adviser and chief spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris, is leaving her role at the end of the month.
“It has been an honor to serve the Vice President in this role,” Sanders wrote in an email to staff, according to CNN and Politico.
Sanders, who also holds the title of senior adviser to the vice president and deputy assistant to the president, is the latest departure from Harris ‘office, as Ashley Etienne, Harris’ communications director, also plans to leave. Their exit comes amid stories of internal friction and strife in the vice president’s office.
Sanders was a political commentator for CNN until 2019, when she joined Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as a senior adviser. She previously served as national press secretary for Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign in 2016. She has also written the book No, you shut up: Speak the truth to power and reclaim America, which came out last year.
In her note to staff, Sanders said she will still be an “outside voice” for support. “Our president and VP are fighters and I will continue to be on the team and fight for them,” according to her note.
Sanders and Etienne’s departure may be followed by several changes next year.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said back in the spring that she planned to leave after about a year in the job. “I think it’s time for someone else to get this job in a year from now or about a year from now,” she told David Axelrod on her CNN podcast.