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Ashley Etienne biography: 13 things about Kamala Harris’s ex-communications director


Ashley Danielle Etienne is a political advisor born in Texas, United States. She is Baptist and a Democrat.

Etienne is the first woman and person of color to hold the position of communications director for the House Speaker in the U.S. Here are 13 more things about her:


  1. From 1996 to 2000, she attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science.
  2. From 2001 to 2002, she worked as communications director for Ken Bentsen, a Texas state legislator. From 2001 to 2013, she worked closely with Elijah Cummings as the director of communications for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
  3. In 2004, she became a communications director for Chris Bell.
  4. From April 2006 to December 2008, she worked for Dewey Square Group in Washington, D.C., USA as a senior communications associate.
  5. From 2007 to 2009, she attended The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA where she earned her master’s degree in political communications.
  6. From August 2008 to November 2008, she was the Obama for America spokesperson and press secretary in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
  7. From January 2009 to September 2009, she was the Etienne and Associates LLC president and chief executive officer in Washington, D.C.
  8. From 2012 to 2014, she was Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi‘s spokesperson and deputy communications director.
  9. From July 2014 to January 2017, she was a special assistant to 44th U.S. president Barack Obama and a White House cabinet communications director in Washington, D.C.
  10. On March 27, 2015, she and Nigel Stephens got married at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.
  11. From March 2017 to August 2020, she was Pelosi’s communications director and senior advisor.
  12. In August 2020, she became a senior advisor for strategic planning for the presidential campaign of Joe Biden, who became the 46th U.S. president.
  13. On January 20, 2021, she became 49th U.S. vice president Kamala Harris‘s communications director. She was 43 years old when she announced her resignation on November 18, 2021.

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