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White House new media staffer Stanton brings Web skills to State Department

Katie Stanton, who works on new media at the White House, is bringing her Web skills to the State Department. And how did the former Google manager announce the move? Why, over Twitter, of course.

@KatiejStanton Exciting news: I am transitioning to a new role at the State Depart w/@alecjross. Same playground, difft sandbox & new friends to meet

Alec Ross is the State Department’s senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ross declined to comment on Stanton’s move. But if she’s working with him, she’ll be involved in some of the department's efforts to use text messaging, social networking, online video and other tools to further the U.S. diplomatic agenda around the world. Take a look at this recent update on what Ross has been doing in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Post Tech couldn't reach Stanton for comment, and a White House spokesman wasn’t able to comment right away.

But Macon Phillips, the White House director of new media, wrote in an e-mail last week that Stanton would begin her new job in January. Her last day at the White House was Friday.

“This will be an incredible boost to the State Department’s effort to use technology and new media to effectively engage with the rest of the world, and achieve the administration’s foreign policy objectives,” Phillips wrote.

He noted Stanton's work on creating new media components at foreign events in Turkey and China and with Obama’s speeches in Egypt and Ghana.

“…[S]he pushed our team into uncharted waters and helped develop new techniques of online engagement,” Phillips wrote.

Stanton came to the White House in February as director of citizen participation after working on Obama’s election campaign. Prior to joining the administration, she worked at Google as a principal of new business development for products including OpenSocial and Google Moderator as well as election-related intitiatives. She also managed Google Finance, Google News and Blog Search. Before her stint at Google, she worked at Yahoo on Yahoo Finance before she was recruited by Google, according to the White House announcement on her appointment last February.

Stanton has an M.A. in international affairs at Columbia University and a B.A. in political science from Rhodes College.

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  International , Tech for Development  
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