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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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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 The one they use looks outdated.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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