Karen Olick, chief of staff to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, announced on Monday that she will be leaving for a new, undisclosed opportunity.
Jennifer Higgins, the current associate director of Refugee, Asylum and International Operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will step in as a temporary chief of staff until a new appointment is made, according to officials in the department. Olick plans to leave DHS at the end of the month.
In an email, Mayorkas told DHS officials that Olick â€œhas decided to resign her position and pursue new opportunities. We are grateful to Karen for her service during the critical first nine months of the new Administration.â€