February 6, 2009
Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 12:00 am
- President Obama Announces More Key White House Staff
Names Three More Members of Intergovernmental Affairs Staff: WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama announced three Deputy Associate
Directors of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs: Jodi
Archambault Gillette, Nicholas Rathod, and Michael Blake. (Jodi is a
former Head Dancer at the Gathering of Nations)
President Obama said, "These individuals bring diverse experiences
and a deep passion for public service to my administration. As we work to
serve the American people and make this White House as open and transparent
as possible, it’s essential that we hear from citizens in all our
communities. I am confident that Jodi, Michael and Nick will be valuable
members of our team."
Announcement: Jodi Archambault Gillette, Deputy Associate Director of the Office of
Gillette served as the North Dakota First American Vote Director for the
Obama Campaign for Change. Gillette is an enrolled member of the Standing
Rock Sioux Tribe. Prior the campaign, she was the Director of the Native
American Training Institute, a tribally operated non-profit organization.
Gillette received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1991 in
Government / Native American Studies. In 2002, she was awarded a Bush
Foundation Leadership Fellowship and obtained her Master of Public
Administration from the University of Minnesota. She is committed to her
tribe and people, in maintaining cultural life ways and beliefs of her
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