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Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

  • Commonwealth Club 555 Post Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Alyssa Mastromonaco,  Author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House; A+ E Networks President of Global Communications Strategy and Talent; Marie Claire Contributing Editor; Former Chief Operating Officer at VICE Media and Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Operations for President Barack Obama

Alyssa Mastromonaco, former Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Operations to President Barack Obama, is coming to INFORUM to offer up answers from Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House, her memoir documenting her career to date as a national political operative and communications expert.

Mastromonaco spent nine years working for President Barack Obama, most notably as his Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations, where she oversaw the planning and setup of presidential events, the hiring of presidential personnel and all Oval Office operations. Mastromonaco established herself as an integral member of President Obama’s inner circle early on in his political rise and helped him to make key decisions like selecting Joe Biden as his presidential running mate, with lots of lessons learned along the way.

After leaving the White House, Mastromonaco shifted her focus from the West Wing to the global media landscape as COO of VICE Media where she helped the company to grow its powerhouse brand. She is currently President of Global Communications Strategy and Talent at A+E Networks, and still works closely with VICE on projects like VICELAND.

Alyssa’s book Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House is full of stories about her ascension to Washington, D.C.’s political power list as one of President Obama’s most trusted White House confidants and also provides insightful advice for young women who are looking to make their own marks on the world.

Join INFORUM for a candid discussion with Alyssa and learn what it’s like to be an insider in the competitive worlds of politics and media (and learn a few tricks yourself!)

This is a Good Lit event – Underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.