St. Louis native Katie Walsh, a key behind-the-scenes player in Donald Trump’s election victory, will be the new president’s deputy chief of staff. The Trump campaign announced Walsh among several other top administration posts Thursday, as the president-elect’s team takes further shape. Walsh, 32, was an architect of the Republican National Committee’s massive voter identification and get-out-the-vote operations that Trump campaign advisers credit for helping the Republican win in November. She will be one of three deputy chiefs of staff. Rick Dearborn will be deputy for the office of Legislative, Intergovernmental Affairs and Implementation. Joe Joe Hagin will be operations deputy. Walsh will be one of the most senior women in the Trump White House. Incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, in a statement, said that Walsh helped “our party achieve sweeping victories across the country, and I’m thrilled to have another strong female leader on our senior White House team.” Among the other women named to senior Trump posts is Trump’s new director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, Omarosa Manigault. She was a former contestant on Trump’s NBC show, “The Apprentice,” and was a frequent surrogate on TV for the president-elect. Walsh’s new role will include oversight of Manigault’s office. The Trump transition team described Walsh’s role as overseeing senior staff, the schedule and the outreach efforts by Manigault. Walsh has stayed out of the limelight, but at the RNC, she was known as a “rainmaker” as finance director. Then, as chief of staff to Reince Priebus, the RNC chairman who will be Trump’s White House chief of staff, she was overseer of the RNC’s data and GOTV operations that one GOP operative described as a “permanent ground game.” That GOP operative, Sean Spicer, will be press secretary under Trump. He once described Walsh as a top-notch leader in “an old-man’s world.” On Thursday he praised Walsh for her RNC work helping shape the Republican ground game in November’s elections. “If you look at Katie’s history… she has been someone that has been 100 percent mission oriented, has taken whatever task that has been at hand and has succeeded at almost everything she has done,” Spicer said. “Katie brings a tremendous amount of talent, expertise, and management skills to the White House, and I think the president-elect really values the work that she has done both in the campaign and, subsequently in the transition” since the election, Spicer said. Walsh got her first exposure in politics as a high school intern for the 2000 campaign of Sen. John Ashcroft — who lost but later became attorney general under President George W. Bush. Walsh volunteered for Republican Matt Blunt’s 2004 successful gubernatorial campaign, then worked for the Sen. Fred Thompson’s Republican presidential campaign in 2008. She is a finance and marketing graduate of George Washington University. She graduated in 2003 from Visitation Academy in St. Louis.
Congrats Katie!! 🙂