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Stephanie Cutter was Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor. In this role, Cutter advised the President on message and communications. Previously, Cutter served as Assistant to the President for Special Projects, focusing on Administration-wide communications and outreach strategies around priority initiatives including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the President’s State of the Union Address. She also managed the political and communications strategy around the successful nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
From January to May 2009, Cutter served as Counselor to the Treasury Secretary, helping to guide the strategy behind the development and implementation of the Administration’s Financial Stability Plan. Prior to serving in the Administration, Cutter was the Chief Spokesperson for the Obama-Biden Transition, and served as Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff during the presidential campaign. Stephanie Cutter is also the founder of the Cutter Media Group, LLC, a strategic communications firm, and served as a senior strategist for Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and Senator John Kerry. She held several positions in the Clinton Administration, including Deputy Communications Director for the White House. A graduate of Smith College and the Georgetown University Law Center, Cutter has also taught at Harvard University's Institute of Politics and Johns Hopkins University.
Upon learning that Anthem Blue Cross' infamous requested rate hike in California was based on erroneous calculations, HHS Secretary Sebelius writes to Governors urging them to check whether similar miscalculations have been made elsewhere.