White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki is leaving the Obama Administration to take on a senior role at a well known Democratic communications and research firm, several sources confirmed this morning.


President Barack Obama walks on the Colonnade with Deputy Director of Communications Jen Psaki after the interview with ABC News, July 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza). (Pete Souza/THE WHITE HOUSE)

Psaki, who has spent the last four years on the Obama campaign and then in the White House, will be the senior vice president/managing director at Global Strategy Group.

“We are thrilled to have Jen coming on board to lead and build our growing DC office,” said Jon Silvan, CEO of Global Strategy Group. “Jen’s wealth of communications and public affairs experience will be a tremendous asset to all of our political, advocacy and corporate clients.”

Psaki called working at the White House “an honor and a privilege”, adding that “I will always feel a great level of gratitude for this experience.”

The news of her move was first reported by Politico’s Mike Allen.

Psaki has a long history in campaign politics, having worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as well as on the re-election bids of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin.

Psaki’s departure comes at a tough time for a White House, which is battling a creeping narrative — started by the new Ron Suskind book “Confidence Men” — that it is an unfriendly workplace for women.

“The big secret is there is an incredible bond between the senior women in the White House,” said Psaki. “These are women who I have had the pleasure of getting to know and across the board they see themselves as policy makers, communicators and problem solvers first — but they also take pride in being women in high pressure, high demand and high stakes jobs.”

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