Stephanie Cutter, a longtime Democratic press operative, will start work in early May as special assistant to President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump team did background check on Flynn, knew of Turkey ties: report Trump: 'I couldn't care less about golf' Top Obama official to replace Chris Dodd as MPAA head MORE for special projects. She’ll be handling communications on the implementation of the new law.

“Stephanie is one of the most respected professionals in public affairs and has an innate understanding of the nexus between policy and communications,” Obama said in a statement. “She’s also a veteran of the White House, and I’m thrilled to have her on board in this new role.”

Cutter, a veteran of both the Clinton and Obama White Houses, served this president at the Treasury Department during his transition, and helped guide the media message for the successful confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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