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Ellen Moran is the Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Communications and Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh.[1] She previously served as Chief of Staff at the US Department of Commerce under Secretary Gary Locke from April 2009 to August 2011. She previously held the position of White House Communications Director.[2] Her predecessor was Kevin Sullivan, who held the position under the Bush administration. Prior to her post at the White House, she was executive director of EMILY's List.[3]

Ellen Moran
White House Communications Director
In office
January 20, 2009 – April 21, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byKevin Sullivan
Succeeded byAnita Dunn (acting)
Personal details
Born (1966-05-01) May 1, 1966 (age 53)
Troy, New York, US
Political partyDemocratic
EducationWheaton College, Massachusetts (BA)



Early life and educationEdit

A native of Amherst, Massachusetts, Moran holds a degree in political science and English literature from Wheaton College.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Before joining White House staff, Moran was executive director of EMILY's List,[3] where she oversaw the national staff and charted the overall strategic direction of the organisation to provide financial assistance to female candidates in the Democratic Party who take liberal, pro-choice political stances. This was Moran's second tenure at EMILY's List, rejoining the organisation from the AFL-CIO, where she coordinated Wal-Mart corporate accountability activities and served in the Political Department. In 2004, she took a leave of absence from the AFL-CIO to direct independent expenditures for the Democratic National Committee, managing placement of presidential advertising and directed television, radio, mail, and phoning efforts in 20 states. In 2000, Moran directed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's $50 million issue advocacy campaign.[5]

Moran's political experience includes managing campaigns for governor, US Senate, and US House of Representatives; working on the national campaign staff of Tom Harkin’s 1992 presidential campaign;[5] helping plan both Clinton inaugurals; and conducting international democracy work in Indonesia for the US Agency for International Development.[6] In 1993, Moran designed EMILY's List's campaign staff training program and served as its first director.[7] Moran also oversaw EMILY's List's first foray into voter mobilisation in 1994.[6]

Obama administrationEdit

She was announced as the new White House Communications Director on November 22, 2008.[2]

On April 21, she announced she would resign her post to accept the position of Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Commerce.[8]

University of PittsburghEdit

On May 2, 2018, Moran became the Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Communications and Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh.[1]


  1. ^ a b Burgman, Grant (May 11, 2018). "Ellen Moran named as new vice chancellor". The Pitt News. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "White House Communications and Press Secretary positions announced". Newsroom: Press Releases. November 22, 2008. Archived from the original on November 24, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Editor, Grant Burgman | News (May 11, 2018). "Ellen Moran named as new vice chancellor". The Pitt News. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ellen Moran". Washington Post Politics. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Pear, Robert (November 28, 2008). "Ellen Moran". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Allen, Mike. "Labor ally to head Obama communications". Politico. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Malcolm, Ellen R.; Unger, Craig (March 8, 2016). When Women Win: Emily's List and the Rise of Women in American Politics. HMH. ISBN 9780544443389.
  8. ^, The Washington Times. "WH communications director leaving". The Washington Times. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Kevin Sullivan
White House Communications Director
Succeeded by
Anita Dunn