Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of January 18, 2010

Lisa Brown

White House Staff Secretary

Lisa Brown serves as President Obama’s White House Staff Secretary.  The Staff Secretary is responsible for keeping the lines of communication between the President and his senior staff open and organized.  Nearly every memo destined for the President’s desk must first pass through the hands of the Staff Secretary, who filters the most pressing items and ensures that the President’s decisions are conveyed to the appropriate staff member.  Lisa, a native of Connecticut, holds a B.A. from Princeton and a law degree from the University of Chicago.  After clerking for a federal judge she worked in the private sector and also engaged in pro bono advocacy in the area of civil rights and disabilities law.  In 1996, Lisa began working as an Attorney Advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.  After a year in that role, she was appointed Deputy Counsel to Vice President Gore, and in 1999 she was appointed as his Counsel.  At the same time, Lisa served on the Executive Board of the President’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities.  She also worked on legislative issues with the Vice President’s Domestic Policy Office.  After the Clinton administration ended, Lisa moved to the non-profit sector, where she became Executive Director of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.  When President Obama was elected, he asked her to return to government service as a key part of his White House team.  Despite her busy schedule in one of America’s most stressful work environments, Lisa still finds time to raise a six-year-old son with her husband Kevin. 

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Lisa Brown HERE

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