In April 2011, Gitcho joined Mitt Romney's presidential exploratory committee as communications director.
Gitcho grew up in San Antonio, Texas and was always interested in politics, she has said. She studied communications at Ripon College, and after graduating went to Colorado to work on a congressional campaign as a press secretary.Her candidate lost in a tight Republican primary, but Gitcho was hooked.
She went on to earn her master's in political communications from Colorado State and began work as communications director for New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce. By 2004, however, she was on Florida Rep. Clay Shaw, Jr.'s (R) staff, where she would stay for the next four year.
In 2007, Gitcho left Capitol Hill to work on Gov. Romney's 2008 presidential campaign. She began as a regional press secretary, and after Romney's bid ended, she joined Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign for the general election. After the election, Gitcho returned to Washington as the press secretary for the Republican National Committee: her most widespread comment as RNC press secretary was a dig at the Obamas' decision to take in an NYC play early in 2009.
"If President Obama wants to go to the theater, isn't the Presidential box at the Kennedy Center good enough?" she said.
Before she joined Romney's exploratory committee, Gitcho had been working as Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) communications director. Other Romney advisors, including Beth Myers and Eric Fehrnstrom, worked closely with Brown during and after his upstart 2009 Senate campaign.
In Her Own Words
"I have always had an interest in politics....I have had the chance to travel the country working on political campaigns, meet lots of interesting people and work with some of the best political operatives in the business."