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Globe Profiles Obama's New Personal Secretary

Posted By Seth Tanner, Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Boston Globe

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!

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New hires at Center for Progressive Leadership

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, January 5, 2009
From a Center for Progressive Leadership email:

"The Center for Progressive Leadership is proud to announce the addition of two new members to CPL's executive team: Tracy Sturdivant and Beth Meyer.

Tracy and Beth have been prominent leaders in the progressive movement for many years. The diversity of their experiences and their commitment to long-term change represents the kind of leadership we are trying to develop every day through our own programs.

They are going to help take CPL and the work we do across the country to a new level.

We hope you'll join in celebrating their new roles with us.

Trac y Sturdivant, Vice President of External Affairs
Tracy joined CPL's team on December 1st and serves as CPL's Vice President for External Affairs where she oversees the outreach to national partners, development of new state offices, as well as supports fundraising efforts with foundations and donors.

Tracy has a long history of experience within the progressive movement. She comes to the CPL from Publicus LLC, where she served as an advisor for a progressive donor in her home state of Michigan. In this role, she worked to help identify funding opportunities in Michigan and advised progressive organizations to help them define and support their infrastructure needs.

Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Director for National Programs and Outreach for People for the American Way Foundation and worked at the White House Project and National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

Beth Meyer, Vice President of State Operations
Beth Meyer, CPL's Arizona State Director, is the new Vice President of State Operations. In her new role, Beth oversees all state operations for CPL across the country and works with Tracy and Peter as a part of the Executive Team to drive the long-term strategy of the organization.

Beth has overseen state operations and programs in Arizona for the last 2 years and will continue to oversee all programming in her home state.

Before joining the CPL team, Beth served as the Vice President of External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Arizona. In this capacity, she oversaw Public Policy, Education, Community Outreach and Fund Development. She also concentrated on electoral races throughout Arizona and sits on the boards of Justice for Children, Arizona Advocacy Foundation, and Arizona NARAL-Pro Choice."

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Obama Communications Shuffle

Posted By Seth Tanner, Monday, July 14, 2008
Updated: Monday, July 14, 2008

Lots of changing jobs at Obama Communications.  From Mark Ambinder:

Dan Pfeiffer is now communications director. He had been Gibbs's chief deputy, but had taken the lead in communications and press planning. He is a former senior aide to Sen. Evan Bayh. Pfeiffer is reported to be a good manager of people.

Strategist Anita Dunn's role seems to have been elevated; she is now "overseeing the campaign's communications, research and policy departments."

Linda Douglass retains her role as traveling press secretary and senior adviser.

Iowa communications director Josh Earnest has been promoted to deputy communications director. Earnest hosted a campaign conference call today on Iraq .

Bill Burton retains the title of National Press Secretary. Campaign statements will be in his name. He needs to send Fox News a better photo of himself. The one they use looks outdated.

Christina Reynolds, the research director for John Edwards in '04 and '08, is now the Director of Rapid Response. Spokesmen Tommy Vietor and Hari Sevugan will work with the press on rapid response.

Other spokespeople include Nick Shapiro and Moira Mack; Shapiro is a veteran of the campaign's operations in Oregon, Texas and California, and Mack worked for Hildebrand Tewes before the campaign.

Wendy Morigi, ex-of Sen. Jay Rockefeller's staff, is now the national security spokesman.

Dag Vega will head surrogate operations and Joelle Terry will be the senator's chief interview booker. regional communications directors include

  • Gannett Tseggai – Northeast
  • Amy Brundage – Midwest
  • Shannon Gilson – Southwest
  • Dan Leistikow – Industrial Midwest
  • Melanie Roussell – South
  • Nayyera Haq – West

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