Alyssa Mastromonaco, 38, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for President Obama, will be leaving The White House in May.
Mastromonaco was appointed to the position of Director of Scheduling and Advance in 2008. Actually, she held a similar position for Senator John Kerry in 2004 when he made his bid for the presidency.
Alyssa joined Barack Obama’s team in in February 2005, when he was still an Illinois senator, and was appointed to her current role in 2011, replacing Jim Messina.
Dan Pfeiffer, a senior advisor to President Obama, told the New York Times:
“Every event the president’s ever done, every trip he’s ever taken, every decision that he’s ever made, she knows about and remembers in somewhat disturbing detail.
Basically nothing gets done that involves the president doing anything without Alyssa being a part of it.”
The first indication that Mastromonaco was thinking about quitting came in a Reuters report last December. Several other close advisors of Obama have also left him, including counselor Pete Rouse and economics advisor Gene Sperling.
The New York Times also reported that, following her departure, Mastromonaco will work on a project being launched by Obama’s supporters to establish a foundation to build a new presidential library.
Alyssa Mastromonaco has always maintained a fairly low profile, which is probably why, in 2011, she was included in The New Republic’s list of “ Washington’s most powerful, least famous people.”
One Democratic activist who declined to be identified said, “She has a power that is relatively scary to people.”
Perhaps the most telling indication of her commitment to her work was her marriage to David Krone, chief of staff to Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, last November.
She took only two days off to be married by Justice Elena Kagan at the Supreme Court.
The only witnesses were two of Alyssa Mastromonaco’s aides.