The Associated Press tell us that President Obama’s deputy chief of staff for operations, Alyssa Mastromonaco, is officially resigning from the White House. Mastromonaco was in charge of most of Obama’s schedule, the White House’s staffing as well as his event planning. She’s one of his longest standing partners– she was one of his first staff members when he moved to Washington D.C. in 2005. She began her career with the Obama camp as scheduling director, and was promoted to deputy chief of staff in 2011. Since then, Mastromonaco has helped with domestic and international strategic decisions as well as scheduling President Obama’s basketball games.
It has been said that Mastromonaco has expressed the desire to leave before now, even before the president’s second term, but he convinced her to stay. News of her consideration has been circling around since December, and know it looks to be official.
The reasons why she wishes to resign, however, are not as open to the public. As with all official government affairs, the fine details are being kept confidential. Sources that relayed the information of her nearing departure only spoke to the media on the conditions of strict anonymity. It has been stated that Mastromonaco is seeking a job in the private sector, but she is also at some points still required to continue advisement on the president’s affairs.
Mastromonaco is one of the friendlier faces of politics– born and raised in Rhinebeck, New York, she majored in French at the University of Vermont. A Democrat, she once interned for Republican Bernie Sanders as he campaigned for another term in the House of Representatives.
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