The Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel of the White House, Cathy russellCathy RussellPLUS, would be considered to be the head of UNICEF.
Sources familiar with the matter told the Washington Post that Russell has a long-standing interest in the post and her post in the administration will likely make her one of the top candidates.
Russell previously served as General Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues for the Obama administration. In his role as head of Biden’s personnel office, Russell oversaw the confirmation process for members of Biden’s cabinet, as well as 200 candidates for Senate confirmed positions.
UNICEF is the United Nations agency dedicated to humanitarian aid to children around the world. The Post said the executive director position is responsible for filling about 4,000 political appointment positions.
The Hill has contacted the White House and UNICEF for comment.
News of Russell’s potential appointment comes shortly after UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore announced she would step down due to family health concerns, the Post notes. Fore said she would stay in office until September, when the UN General Assembly session ends, and until a replacement is found.
If selected, Russell would be one of Biden’s first senior executives to leave the White House, the Post notes.