Higginbottom replaces Rob Nabors, who had served as deputy director since January 2009. Nabors is now senior advisor to interim White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse.
Prior to joining the administration, Higginbottom was the deputy policy director for the Obama presidential campaign. Before working for Obama, Higginbottom spent eight years advising Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on legislative and policy issues.
After the 2004 presidential election, Higginbottom founded and served as executive director of the American Security Project, a national security think tank “dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues.” She began her career as an advocate for the non-profit organization Communities in School and advised President Clinton on his Summit for America’s Future in 1997.
A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Higginbottom received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and holds a master’s in public policy from George Washington University.
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