September 20th, 2011
02:19 PM ET
White House Deputy Communications Director Jen Psaki, a longtime aide to President Obama, is leaving the administration to run the Washington, DC office of Global Strategy Group, a New York-based consulting firm that specializes in strategic communications and polling, including work with many prominent Democratic political candidates and financial clients.
The well-liked redhead - currently the top female aide in the Obama press shop - has clocked four years working for both the White House and the presidential campaign. She’s also worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of House Democrats, as well as for the successful re-election bids of Iowa's Governor Tom Vilsack (now the Secretary of Agriculture) and Sen. Tom Harkin.
Psaki accepted the position as Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Global Strategy Group in August but delayed announcement of the news so she could tell White House colleagues, many of whom were out of town in August, of her departure in person.
Her last day at the White House is on Thursday. Psaki officially starts her new job on October 17.