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Obama's Office of Public Liaison to Foster Gov't-Citizen Collaboration

I know we’re all wondering if, how and when the new Obama administration will address the need for meaningful, quality public engagement.  Here’s a noteworthy piece of news from a November 14th New York Times article…

“Nearly two decades ago, Valerie Jarrett hired a young lawyer named Michelle Obama for a job at City Hall in Chicago. Now President-elect Barack Obama is hiring Ms. Jarrett for a senior role in the White House.

Ms. Jarrett’s role and title are threefold: White House senior adviser and assistant to the president for intergovernmental relations and public liaison.

A longstanding member of his tiny core of top advisers, Ms. Jarrett will continue providing him with counsel on a wide-ranging set of issues, she said Friday evening. She will help Mr. Obama manage his relationship with the rest of government, serving as the White House’s point person for state and local officials. Finally, she will supervise the Office of Public Liaison, which she hopes to turn into an active channel for government-citizen collaboration.”

Read the full New York Times article, titled Longstanding Obama Adviser Gets Senior Role at the White House. And let me know if you have ideas for how we can introduce Ms. Jarrett to the dialogue and deliberation community and all we have to offer!

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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