Bachelor of Science in Advertising, University Illinois, 1991. Juris Doctor, University Illinois College Law, 1994.
Paralegal Sidley & Austin, Chicago. Chief of staff to the general counsel United States Agency for International Development (United States Agency for International Development), Washington, 1998—2000. Legislation director, counsel to Republican Rod Blagojevich United States House of Representatives, 1999—2001.
Counsel for legislation American Association Justice, 2001—2005. Chief counsel, deputy chief of staff to Senator Barack Obama United States Senate, Washington, 2005—2008. Member congressional relations team Senator Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign, 2008, chief counsel, director public liaison & intergovernmental affairs, 2008—2009.
Chief of staff to the assistant to the president for intergovernmental relations, public liaison The White House, Washington, 2009—2011, dep.asst. to President, counselor for strategic engagement to senior advisory Valerie Jarrett, since 2011.
Married Damona Strautmanis. 3 children.