WASHINGTON, D.C.—Camille Johnston, has been named special assistant to the President and director of communications for incoming First Lady Michelle Obama. Johnston is a former director of communications for Tipper Gore, and most recently worked as a communications consultant for the Entertainment Industry Foundation on its Stand Up to Cancer campaign, a nationally televised fundraising special.
Earlier, she, was senior vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers overseeing corporate communications, media relations, internal communications, publications, and broadcasting, and served as press secretary for Labor Secretary Robert Reich and Education Secretary Richard Riley in the Clinton administration.
In addition, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, who has been director of communications for Michelle Obama since March of 2007, and who formerly worked for Washington, D.C., public affairs firm Glover Park, was named press secretary for the First Lady. Semonti Mustaphi, who previously worked with Senators Harkin (D-Ia.), Schumer (D-NY) and Klobuchar (D-Minn.), has been named deputy press secretary for the First Lady