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    Michael Strautmanis

    Vice President for Civic Engagement, Obama Foundation

    In his role with the Foundation, Michael Strautmanis is tasked with developing and leading the execution of outreach efforts and civic engagement programs. Strautmanis is the former Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor for Strategic Engagement to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. In this role, Michael was responsible for building strategic partnerships with stakeholders. In addition, he served as a senior advisor to the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Formerly, Strautmanis was the Chief of Staff to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

    Prior to joining the Obama Foundation, Strautmanis served as the Vice President for Corporate Citizenship and Strategic Programs at The Walt Disney Company. Strautmanis has been with President Obama since his election as the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois, where he served as then-Senator Obama’s Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff. He continued serving then-Senator Obama on the campaign where he became Senior Counsel for Obama for America, playing a leading role in political outreach as a member of the Congressional Relations team. Upon the President’s election, Strautmanis joined Obama’s presidential transition team as Chief Counsel and the Director of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to his time with the President, Strautmanis practiced complex litigation and employment law in Chicago at Sidley Austin. He then joined the Clinton Administration as Chief of Staff to the General Counsel at the United States Agency for International Development. Strautmanis received a B.S. from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

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