She is a veteran political advisor and commentator, with more than 30 years of experience in politics, presidential campaigns, and public service.
She served as an advisor to the Obama-Biden presidential campaign during the 2012 presidential election, and during the 2008 general election she was chief of staff for vice presidential operations. In that role, she built a national team of policy, communications, and political advisors before the nominee’s selection, and later managed day-to-day operations for vice presidential nominee Joe Biden.
She was campaign manager for Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid in 2007-2008 and managed her Senate re-election campaign before that. She also served as chief of staff to the First Lady’s first Senate campaign. Before that, she served as a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton throughout Governor Bill Clinton’s campaign and two terms in the White House.
She was the co-founder of a financial services firm, VAP Financial, and prior to that, partner in Utrecht & Phillips, a strategic advisory firm to Fortune 100 firms, non-profits, and local governments from 2009 to 2012.
She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Il.