Longtime Obama aide to depart White House
September 20th, 2011
02:19 PM ET

Longtime Obama aide to depart White House

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.


Topics: The News

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. DanoMcRoo

    Just what the world needs, another lobbyist.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Part of Obama's job creation plan.

      September 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • Howard

        Obama is trading American exceptionalism for mediocrity. He is transforming the world's most productive economy into an impoverished failure. In order to consolidate his political power, he has appealed to the negative character traits of entitlement and envy. Obama is a vampire, who is sucking the life out of America.

        September 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Howard President Obama was far too late to do that ,George Bush had already managed that with his tax breaks for the vampire rich. .

        September 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
      • Matt

        Howard –

        It is people like you who are the vampires. Obama was handed a steaming turd when he took office in '09. He has tried to do things to rectify the situation – the global economy is in the tank, there is chaos throughout the world, and people like you blame him for it. Definiitely not his fault – the recovery effort will take quite some time – so please – go take a pill.

        September 21, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • JFreeman

      You should learn what a lobbyist is. She's working for a private political consulting firm. They work for politicians (as well as businesses and other organizations) to understand voters (and consumers) and help craft their message (essentially marketing). Lobbyists work for companies, non-profits, etc. to try and advise and persuade politicians on an issue to benefit their industries and achieve their own ends.

      September 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  2. w l jones

    Oh! she is peparing herself for 212 candidate for pos, its appears she have all the tool just waiting on time. Bless.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  3. mickey

    sounds like another lobbyist firm,it seems that a lot of his friends are leaving the sinking ship.besides if you are a lobbyist you become the pimp of our politicans.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  4. Carl Catchings

    Or maybe she just got a good job.....come on

    September 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  5. Matt

    The well-liked redhead? Too funny – what does her hair color have to do with anything?

    About Boehner – "John Boehner, the fake-tanned congressman....."

    September 21, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  6. Blackman in America

    Good, thanks for your service to America and good luck in the future.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  7. Aaron

    Never heard of this one. She must have behaved herself.

    September 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm |