Hertz, who has also served as the president’s deputy and will be leaving in the next few days, made no comment. A White House spokesperson declined to comment.
Prior to joining Biden’s transition team as general counsel in June 2020, Hertz was director and associate general counsel for regulatory affairs at Facebook, where she spent more than two years. Hertz also worked as Biden’s senior legal advisor when he was vice president, before working for law firm Jenner & Block. She began her political career in the Obama administration, as an advisor to the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein, before joining the Department of Justice.
Hertz, who has been described by colleagues in the White House as easy to work with and very talented at her job, studied French art history and literature at Harvard and earned a law degree from the faculty of University of Chicago law.
Former White House Secretaries of Staff have held important political positions. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and former White House lawyer Harriet Miers were cabinet secretaries during the George W. Bush administration; former White House communications director David Gergen held this post during the Reagan administration; and former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) both served in the Clinton administration. Rob Porter, who served as President Donald Trump, resigned amid reports he had abused his former wives.