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Aoife McCarthy - Director, Office of Public Affairs

Aoife joined the Office of Public Affairs in March 2013 after spending the 2012 election cycle as President Barack Obama’s spokesperson in Nevada.

As Director of Public Affairs, Aoife is the lead advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy on all strategic communications issues, as well as message development in key subject matter areas. In this capacity, Aoife managed the Department’s press rollout for the Iran nuclear negotiations and the COP21 Paris climate talks. Prior to joining the campaign, Aoife’s first job in the Obama Administration was as press secretary at the Corporation for National and Community Service. In her first position with the Department of Energy, Aoife served as Press Secretary, where she worked on the transition between Secretary Chu and Moniz. 

Previously, Aoife was at The Glover Park Group (GPG), where she focused on crisis communications, providing message guidance, press outreach planning and rapid response for a wide array of clients.

Aoife joined GPG from Politico, where she covered the lobbying industry and worked as a general assignment reporter for the paper and website. She covered everything from health care, to student loans, to business legislation and everything in between. Aoife also wrote the people column for Politico, "Suite Talk," and wrote a variety of feature pieces, offering a more in-depth look at life on the Hill and on the campaign trail.

Prior to Politico, Aoife was an associate vice president for the public relations firm Financial Dynamics, where she conducted client polling, led focus groups across the country and authored polls across a range of subject matters, including for the 2006 midterm elections.

Aoife started her tenure in journalism at National Journal’s Hotline, where she covered the 2004 presidential election. As Poll Editor, she analyzed hundreds of polls from every federal race and wrote a weekly column, "Margin for Error." Aoife launched Hotline's Consultant Database, tracking the client lists and records of the nation's political consultants.

Aoife started her career in politics at Kennedy Communications, where she conducted opposition research during the 2002 election cycle. She also authored the communications plans for a variety of state campaigns, which included everything from developing strategy to writing direct mail pieces. In this capacity, Aoife conducted work in more than 30 states.