Austin-based political consultant Emmy Ruiz to join White House as director of political strategy and outreach

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A view of the White House from Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. on Oct. 31, 2020. Credit: Yegor Aleyev/TASS via REUTERS

Austin-based political consultant Emmy Ruiz is headed to the White House to serve as President-elect Joe Biden’s director of political strategy and outreach.

Ruiz, 37, is a much sought-after Democratic consultant who served in pivotal roles in President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for president and on Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ 2019 bid for the Democratic nomination for president. She was also a senior adviser to the Democratic National Committee and a senior staffer at the Texas-based Annie’s List. [She worked briefly in a contract position for The Texas Tribune Festival in 2014.]

Although she’s a Texan, she made her name in Democratic politics as a strategist with an expertise in Nevada.