Michael Strautmanis

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Mike Strautmanis
Michael Strautmanis portrait.jpg
Born (1969-03-24) March 24, 1969 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Political partyDemocratic

Michael Strautmanis (born March 24, 1969)[1] is an American lawyer. President-Elect Barack Obama announced on December 5, 2008, that Strautmanis would serve as Chief of Staff to Valerie Jarrett who is to be the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement.[2] He served as Chief Counsel and the Director of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs on Obama's presidential transition team.[3][4]

In March, 2013, he announced his resignation from the White House staff in order to accept a post with the Walt Disney Corporation specializing in corporate citizenship.[5] In January, 2016, he became the Vice President of Civic Engagement for the Obama Foundation.[6]

In 2018, Strautmanis detailed his longstanding relationship with Michelle and Barack Obama and his experiences in the Obama White House in a chapter in West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House.[7]

Previously Strautmanis served the Clinton administration as Chief of Staff to the general counsel at the United States Agency for International Development, and then-U.S. Congressman Rod Blagojevich as legislative director.[1] He worked for the American Association for Justice.[4]

A Chicago, Illinois native,[4] Strautmanis was educated at the law school of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He started his legal career as a paralegal at the Sidley, Austin law firm, where he met the Obamas.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Obama's People". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  2. ^ President-elect Obama announces more key White House staff Office of the President-elect and Office of the Vice President-elect, December 5, 2008
  3. ^ "Obama Names Transition Team". Archived from the original on 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  4. ^ a b c "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Dean's Newsletter". Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  5. ^ Strautmanis leaving White House (Chicago Sun-Times article-March 13, 2013) Archived July 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ https://www.obama.org/whats-next/leadership/
  7. ^ West Wingers | PenguinRandomHouse.com.
  8. ^ "Obama Campaign Announces Congressional Liaison Team". Retrieved 2008-11-07.