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Katie Johnson (presidential secretary)

Katie Johnson
Personal Secretary to the President
In office
January 20, 2009 – June 10, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Karen E. Keller
Succeeded by Anita Decker
Personal details
Born (1981-03-26) March 26, 1981
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Wellesley College (B.A.)

Katherine B. "KBJ" Johnson served as the personal secretary to United States President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011.[1]

Personal life

Johnson (born March 26, 1981)[2][3] grew up in 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[4] 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.[4]

Johnson was one of several junior staffers who left the White House in 2011 to attend Harvard Law School.[5] Her last day was June 10, 2011.[6]



  1. ^ Mooney, Brian (2009-01-14), From Wellesley to organizer in chief,  
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  3. ^ From Wellesley to organizer in chief, Brian C. Mooney, Boston Globe, January 14, 2009
  4. ^ a b "Three Wellesley alumnae tapped for Obama administration".  
  5. ^ Parnes, Amie (2011-06-16). "White House staffers depart for Harvard".  
  6. ^ Souza, Pete (2011-06-11). "P061011PS-0025".  

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