WASHINGTON – Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS) announced today that Elizabeth Kelley has joined the firm as a senior director.

Kelley most recently served the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the National Economic Council (NEC), where she advised the Director on a range of policy and operational issues. She directly managed the NEC staff and led the council’s coordination with Executive Office senior staff, agency staff, and external stakeholders.

Prior to her service in the White House, Kelley was Assistant United States Trade Representative for Private Sector Engagement, where she worked to advance U.S. trade policy with a broad coalition of stakeholders.

“We are thrilled to have Elizabeth join the HPS team,” said HPS partner Tucker Warren. “She’s a terrific manager of people and projects and her experience in the executive and legislative branches of government will be of tremendous value to our clients. Furthermore, her work on trade policy will enhance the firm’s existing expertise in this area, at a time when the issue demands deep understanding.”

Kelley served in the U.S. Senate as Chief of Staff to Senator John Walsh of Montana, Deputy Chief of Staff and long-time Political Director to then-Senator Max Baucus, and in the U.S. House of Representatives on the staff of Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

Kelley has worked on staff for the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign and has consulted for Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and other political committees.

“I knew of HPS’ sterling reputation from the outside looking in and was always impressed by the depth and dedication the firm brought to its work,” said Kelley. “HPS’ data-driven approach to public affairs is exactly what Washington needs right now and I’m delighted to join the team.”

Kelley graduated with degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Although an Oregonian at heart, she now lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.