Katie Johnson (secretary)

Katherine B. Johnson (born March 26, 1981)[1][2] served as the personal secretary to United States President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011.[3][4]

Katie Johnson
Katie Johnson.jpg
Personal Secretary to the President
In office
January 20, 2009 – June 10, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byKaren E. Keller
Succeeded byAnita Decker
Personal details
Born (1981-03-26) March 26, 1981 (age 41)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationWellesley College (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Personal lifeEdit

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Johnson graduated from Wellesley College in 2003[5] with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.[citation needed] 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.[5]

Johnson was one of several junior staffers who left the White House in 2011 to attend Harvard Law School.[6] Her last day as secretary was June 10, 2011.[7]

Post-secretarial careerEdit

Johnson returned to the White House as a Counselor in the Office of Management and Budget.[8] She is currently a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Chicago-based law firm Jenner & Block.[9]



  1. ^ Souza, Pete (2010-03-26), P032610PS-0441: President Barack Obama surprises personal secretary Katie Johnson with a birthday gift in the Outer Oval Office, March 26, 2010., retrieved 2010-07-03
  2. ^ From Wellesley to organizer in chief, Brian C. Mooney, Boston Globe, January 14, 2009
  3. ^ "W.H. staffers depart for Harvard". POLITICO. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  4. ^ Mooney, Brian (2009-01-14), "From Wellesley to organizer in chief", Boston.com, Boston Globe, retrieved 2009-01-14
  5. ^ a b "Three Wellesley alumnae tapped for Obama administration". The Wellesley Townsman. Wellesley, Massachusetts: GateHouse Media. 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  6. ^ Parnes, Amie (2011-06-16). "White House staffers depart for Harvard". Politico. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  7. ^ Souza, Pete (2011-06-11). "P061011PS-0025". The White House. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  8. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherine-johnson-38468a58[self-published source]
  9. ^ "Jenner & Block | Katherine B. Johnson". jenner.com. Retrieved 2019-11-17.

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