Singh becomes the latest high-profile departure from the vice president’s office, which suffered a turbulent first year due to missteps and messaging failures. She will join the Department of Defense.
Ernesto Apreza, Harris’ senior adviser for public engagement, will become deputy press secretary and is expected to focus on engaging local and state press, as well as specific key coalition groups. Apreza previously served on the Biden-Harris campaign, as well as on the then-mayor of Seattle’s staff.
In an email sent to staff, and obtained by CNN, Simmons said the vice president’s new press secretary is expected to be a woman and could be announced soon. The hire is in the final stages of the process, a second official said. The email provided no further specifics.
The press shop will also see some reshuffling.
Herbie Ziskend will become a senior adviser for communications, a promotion from his current role as deputy communications director. Rachel Palermo, who worked on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign and on the Biden-Harris transition, will take Ziskend’s previous role and focus on the day-to-day operations of the communications shop.
Singh had been with Harris’ team since the 2020 campaign trail, serving as press secretary for Harris. She was also senior adviser for then-Sen. Harris’ Fearless for the People political action committee.
This story has been updated with additional details.
CNN’s Shawna Mizzelle contributed to this report.