|White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation|
January 20, 2017 – March 30, 2017
|Preceded by||Kristie Canegallo (Policy Implementation)|
|Born||1984/1985 (age 32–33)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Education||George Washington University (BA)|
Katie Walsh (born 1984) is an American Republican political operative who briefly served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. She is currently working with the Trump-aligned 501(c)(4) America First Policies.
Walsh previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Republican National Committee. She joined the RNC as Deputy Finance Director in January 2013 and became Finance Director in June of that year. In her previous role as Deputy Finance Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, she worked with United States Senate campaigns across the country to implement comprehensive fundraising and campaign strategies. Her past experience also includes serving as Midwest Regional Finance Director for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008 and working for Friends of Fred Thompson, at the Ashcroft Group, and as a field representative for Missourians for Matt Blunt.
Walsh was born an only child in St. Louis, Missouri. She credits her early interest in politics to her mother, who she said worked on a county executive race in Missouri when she was seven or eight. Her early political involvement came in high school when she worked as an intern for then-Senator John Ashcroft's unsuccessful 2000 reelection campaign. She attended Visitation Academy of St. Louis, a private, all-girls, Roman Catholic high school, and graduated in 2003. She was a field representative for Matt Blunt's 2004 campaign for Governor of Missouri. She also worked as an administrative assistant for the consulting firm Ashcroft Group.
Walsh was hired in 2007 as an assistant to the finance director for Fred Thompson's brief presidential campaign. After Thompson dropped out of the race, she joined the presidential campaign of John McCain as Midwest regional finance director.
Walsh then worked as deputy finance director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), implementing fundraising and political strategies for Senate campaigns during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.
Walsh was hired as deputy finance director for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in January 2013 and rose to finance director that June. At the RNC, Walsh was known as "rainmaker", breaking records by raising over $200 million during the 2014 election cycle.
Walsh was named chief of staff of the RNC in early 2015, serving under chair Reince Priebus. She was critical of the RNC's practice of sharing voter information with the Koch Brothers, saying "I think it's very dangerous and wrong to allow a group of very strong, well-financed individuals who have no accountability to anyone to have control over who gets access to the data when, why and how." During the 2016 election cycle, Walsh was an architect of the RNC's get out the vote and voter identification operations. She focused on using the RNC's data collection from the previous four years. She told CNN that the RNC intended to look to polls less often in favor of "predictive modeling," which tracks voters' likelihood of voting for Republican candidates. In November 2016, she said, "The beauty of predictive modeling is you're watching an electorate voter-by-voter over a long period of time ... You're watching their movement, you're watching what they care about, you're watching what they respond to to [sic] and there are a lot of upsides to this." She went on to say that the RNC was also focusing on get out the vote efforts for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Walsh selected Alex Lundry's political marketing firm Deep Root Analytics to provide data analytics to the Trump campaign, along with TargetPoint Consulting and Causeway Solutions.
Walsh was a member of Donald Trump's presidential transition team. The transition team was a group of around 100 aides, policy experts, government affairs officials, and former government officials who were tasked with vetting, interviewing, and recommending individuals for top cabinet and staff roles in Trump's administration. She was part of the Leadership staff.
Walsh reportedly had guarded access to the Oval Office on behalf of Trump administration chief of Staff Reince Priebus. In February 2017, as Trump called homeland security advisor Tom Bossert into the office, Walsh "spotted him entering the Oval Office and sprinted down the hallway to alert her boss, Mr. Priebus," The Wall Street Journal reported."
Walsh resigned from her position on March 30, 2017, becoming an adviser to a pro-Trump nonprofit, America First, and the RNC.
Lundry’s work brought him into Trump’s campaign war room, according to a post-election AdAge article that charted the GOP’s 2016 data efforts. Deep Root was hand-picked by the RNC’s then-chief of staff, Katie Walsh, in September of last year and joined two other data shops—TargetPoint Consulting and Causeway Solutions—in the effort to win Trump the presidency.
as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Implementation
|White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation
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