Names: Jeanne Smith from State to OMB
Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew notified his staff on Wednesday that Jeanne Smith will be moving from the State Department to OMB to serve as one of his senior advisors. Smith will leave her job as a senior advisor at State, where she worked for Lew during most of her one and ...
Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew notified his staff on Wednesday that Jeanne Smith will be moving from the State Department to OMB to serve as one of his senior advisors.
Smith will leave her job as a senior advisor at State, where she worked for Lew during most of her one and a half years there while Lew was Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. Before joining government, she was chief financial officer of New York University. At State, she played a large role in shaping the administration’s strategy for the Feed the Future program during the formation of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.
Lew also told his staff that Kenneth Baer, OMB’s associate director for communications and strategic planning, will be taking on the additional role of senior advisor and will now have responsibilities that include helping to guide OMB’s overall direction, beyond communications and messaging.
"With the budget out, our hearings behind us and a new round of demanding challenges as we work through the FY 2011 funding bills, I am pleased to announce two personnel moves that further strengthen the senior team here at OMB," Lew wrote in his note to staff.
"As we enter a complicated and highly consequential period, I am delighted to add Jeanne to our team and to expand Ken’s role. They both bring judgment and skills that round out our excellent senior team and will help my office provide better direction and coordination as we move ahead."
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