Katie Beirne, a 1998 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed deputy director of communications for the White House.
A native of Rocky River, Ohio, Beirne majored in government and international studies in the College of Arts and Letters and studied abroad in Ireland. She graduated summa cum laude.
In her senior year, Beirne was one of 38 U.S. students chosen from among more than 800 candidates to receive a Marshall Scholarship—one of the most competitive and prestigious merit scholarships available to undergraduates.
As a Marshall Scholar, she went on to receive a master’s in comparative ethnic conflict from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a master’s in comparative politics from the London School of Economics.
Beirne began her career as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers before moving to Capitol Hill to work for U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, D-New York. Her most recent position was staff director of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, which Schumer oversees.