When Katie Johnson visits the West Wing on Friday, she won't be a tourist. Outside the Oval Office, the 27-year-old daughter of a Brookline couple will stop to check out the desk she will take Tuesday when she becomes the personal secretary to the 44th president of the United States.
Since graduating from Wellesley College less than six years ago, Johnson - KJ to some - has been on a rocket ride to the pinnacle of American politics, most recently as a key aide to the manager of Barack Obama's campaign.
Johnson will be in charge of running the new president's daily schedule. It will be a heady, all-consuming job, for which her biggest boosters, past bosses David Plouffe, the campaign manager, and Rahm Emanuel, Obama's incoming chief of staff, say she is highly qualified.
Congratulations to Katie!