White House Deputy Press Secretary Smith Leaving White House for Private Sector
Politico’s Mike Allen reports that Jamie Smith, a deputy press secretary in the White House, will “leave the West Wing on Feb. 7 after four years in the Obama administration.”
Allen reports that Smith will remain in Washington and join the private sector.
Smith worked on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2008, only Capitol Hill and for the Director of National Intelligence.
Smith, a special assistant to the president, came to the White House in June, 2011, from the Office of the DNI, where she was director of public affairs during the Arab Spring and the Osama bin Laden raid. Before that, she was communications director for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) when he was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and later when he chaired the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Smith also served as traveling press director of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. On New Year’s Eve, 2007, she took two days off the campaign trail to marry Eric Pierce, now principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for legislative affairs. Then the two drove from Chicago back to Iowa to meet up with the campaign. The real honeymoon came a year later.
Smith has also been communications director for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the Albright Group; legislative aide to Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.); and operations manager for issue advocacy at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She’s a native of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and graduated from Kenyon College. (Politico’s Mike Allen)