White House Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Psaki, a longtime Obama aide who has worked with the president since 2007 (when he was a U.S. senator), will be leaving the White House on Thursday to head the Washington office of the public relations firm Global Strategy Group.

“Global Strategy Group is a first-rate communications and public affairs firm and I am looking forward to building a team for the growing Washington office,” Psaki said Tuesday in a news release.

Psaki served as the 2008 Obama campaigns traveling press secretary, and worked in 2006 for then Rep.-Rahm Emanuel (D.-Ill.) at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She was also a veteran of the 2004 John Kerry presidential campaign, along with local races in Iowa. In the White House, Psaki worked primarily on economic and financial-regulatory policy. 

The College of William & Mary grad was on the short list to replace former press secretary Robert Gibbs in January 2011, and one of the few women under consideration. The job ultimately went to Jay Carney, who was director of communications for Vice President Biden.

Global Strategy Group is a Democratic shop, with a focus on elections in traditionally conservative-leaning states. Clients include former Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D.N.Y.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Psaki is expected to continue some surrogate work for the White House. 

“Jen’s wealth of communications and public affairs experience will be a tremendous asset to all of our political, advocacy and corporate clients,” said Jon Silvan, CEO of Global Strategy Group.