Katie Johnson (presidential secretary)
|Personal Secretary to the President|
January 20, 2009 – June 10, 2011
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Karen E. Keller|
|Succeeded by||Anita Decker|
|Born||March 26, 1981|
|Alma mater||Wellesley College (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Johnson grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and moved with her parents to Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1999 before entering Wellesley College. She is the oldest of three children of Dr. Bruce E. Johnson, head of thoracic oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Georgia M. Johnson, a management consultant and an elected Town Meeting member in Brookline.
Johnson's parents passed along their interest in Democratic politics to their daughter, who in high school served as an intern in the office of Maryland's then-governor Parris Glendening. While at Wellesley she served as an intern on the 2000 senate campaign of Hillary Clinton, and as an intern for the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
Johnson graduated from Wellesley College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Prior to her post as personal secretary to the president, Johnson was Rahm Emanuel's special assistant for two years when he led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and also served as Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's assistant.
President Barack Obama listens to Senior Advisor David Axelrod in the outer Oval Office on June 26, 2009. At left is Personal Secretary Katie Johnson.
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