The White House has announced that longtime Democratic insider Stephanie Cutter is taking a new role in the West Wing, as Special Assistant to the President For Special Projects. Cutter most recently worked as an outside consultant for First Lady Michelle Obama during the development and launch of the Let's Move! campaign, and now she'll be overseeing communications strategies for the new health insurance reform law. (Cutter, above)
“Stephanie is one of the most respected professionals in public affairs and has an innate understanding of the nexus between policy and communications,” President Obama said in a statement on Thursday. “She’s also a veteran of the White House, and I’m thrilled to have her on board in this new role.”
Before she worked on Let's Move!, Cutter was Adviser to the President in overseeing the political and communications strategy around the successful nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. From January to May 2009, Cutter served as Counselor to the Treasury Secretary, helping to guide the strategy behind the development and implementation of the Administration’s Financial Stability Plan. Prior to serving in the Administration, Cutter was the Chief Spokesperson for the Obama-Biden Transition, and was Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff during the presidential campaign.
Cutter's earlier career was on the Hill, where she worked for Dems, including Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
A graduate of Smith College and the Georgetown University Law Center, Cutter has also served as a lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.