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Michael Strautmanis

STAFFER

  • 12/16/2021
  • 56 min

About this Episode

Michael Strautmanis, a native of Chicago, joined the Obama Foundation as Vice President for Civic Engagement in January of 2016. In his role with the Foundation, he is tasked with developing and leading the execution of outreach efforts and civic engagement programs relating to the work of The Foundation. Michael is the Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor for Strategic Engagement to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.Follow STAFFER on Twitter • Facebook • Instagram

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