November 29, 2010

Alumna tapped as first lady’s communications director

The White House announced last week that Kristina Schake, a 1992 Johns Hopkins graduate with a degree from the Writing Seminars, will be joining the Office of the First Lady in December as special assistant to the president and communications director to the first lady.

“Kristina brings a wealth of expertise that I know will make her a tremendous asset to the East Wing,” said Michelle Obama in a statement from the White House. “Kristina has done extensive work throughout her career on child nutrition and community health issues, and that paired with experience as part of a military family will bring invaluable insight to our work on childhood obesity and our efforts to support military families.”

Schake is co-founder and principal of Griffin|Schake, a California-based public affairs and strategic communications firm.