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Obama Names Former White House Staffer as Foundation Adviser

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By    |   Monday, 06 Mar 2017 11:28 AM

Former president Barack Obama added a former staff member as a senior adviser for his Obama Foundation, Politico reported.

Yohannes Abraham will be the top deputy to the foundation's CEO, David Simas, Politico reported.

The former staffer has worked with Obama since the 2008 presidential campaign. He was the chief of staff for Valerie Jarrett, who led Obama's White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. He also was a senior adviser to the National Economic Council, the report said.

Abraham will focus on recruitment and management of the foundation's staff, working with executive director Robbie Cohen, the report said.

Abraham is the first Ethiopian-American to earn a senior role in the White House. His parents immigrated from there in the 1960s, and are now U.S. citizens, according to a December 2016 interview in Tadias.

Obama's previous director of the National Economic Council, Jeff Zients, praised Abraham.

"I have seen few people who combine exceptional talent, ability to manage people and process to get things done, and fundamental decency like Yohannes," Zients told Politico.

Jarrett, in the Tadias interview, credited Abraham, as well.

"As my chief of staff, Yohannes has been one of my closest and most trusted advisers," she said.

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