Michelle Obama names Schake as communications director
First Lady Michelle Obama has named Kristina Schake as her new communications director, filling a position that had been vacant since August.
Schake, who will start in December, comes to the job from California, where she headed Maria Shriver's communications team and ran a political consulting firm.
Her background dovetails with Obama's platform--she comes from a military family and worked on health initiatives for Shriver in California.
"I'm thrilled to welcome Kristina to the team. Kristina brings a wealth of expertise that I know will make her a tremendous asset in the East Wing," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "Kristina has done extensive work throughout her career on child nutrition and community health issues, and that paired with her experience as part of a military family will bring invaluable insight to our work on childhood obesity and our efforts to support military families. I look forward to working with Kristina on these efforts and more in the months and years ahead."
In the coming months, Obama is expected to ramp up her efforts around military families and continue her healthy eating initiatives. She heads Monday to Miami where she is expected to launch a drive to bring 5,000 salad bars to the nation's schools.
The East Wing has had turnover in several high profile positions, most recently when Susan Sher, Obama's chief of staff announced that she will leave her post and return to Chicago.
| November 22, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
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