Michelle Obama adviser moves to the West Wing

Stephanie Cutter, a longtime Democratic operative who most recently served as an adviser to First Lady Michelle Obama, is returning to the West Wing full-time to oversee communications strategy on the new healthcare law.

Cutter served as an outside consultant to the first lady during the implementation of her "Let's Move!" initiative to combat childhood obesity, which was launched in February of this year. She also served as Michelle Obama's chief of staff during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Beginning in early May, Cutter will serve as special assistant to President Barack Obama 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 on Thursday. “She’s also a veteran of the White House, and I’m thrilled to have her on board in this new role.”

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

Prior to joining the Clinton administration, Cutter worked on the Hill for Democrats like Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).