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Theodore Johnston, Director of the Office of White House Liaison

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Theodore Johnston is the Director of the Office of White House Liaison at the United States Department of Commerce. Previously, Theodore also served for two years as Chief of Staff at the International Trade Administration where he contributed to the development of the National Export Initiative and to the creation of programs designed to help American companies identify opportunities for growth in key emerging markets and sectors.

In 2007 and 2008, prior to entering the Administration, he was Obama for America’s Florida Finance Director.

Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Theodore holds a bachelor’s degree in English and French literature from Emory University and masters’ degrees in the humanities and public policy from, respectively, the University of Chicago and Indiana University. He is fluent in written and spoken French and highly conversant in Spanish.