Facebook has hired Sarah Feinberg, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama, to join the company’s communications team in California.
Mike Allen of Politico sums up Feinberg’s political career thus far:
Previously, she served as special assistant to President Obama and senior advisor to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Earlier, Feinberg was communications director for the House Democratic Caucus, press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and press secretary to former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.
She will focus on privacy, safety, security and litigation. Most recently, Feinberg was the director of Global Communications and Business Strategy for Bloomberg LP and previously served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Advisor to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Feinberg has an extensive Capitol Hill communications background, serving as Communications Director for the House Democratic Caucus, Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Press Secretary to former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.
Facebook has finally landed an Obama Administration official, after reports leaked last spring that the company was courting former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
And the west coast-based Republican campaign veteran Tucker Bounds, who had been consulting for Facebook in California, has joined the company full-time focusing on state government and community relations.
Bounds comes to Facebook after serving as deputy campaign manager and communications director for former eBay CEO Meg Whitman’s California gubernatorial campaign. Previously, Bounds was deputy communications director for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Earlier, Bounds served as press secretary to Senator Gordon Smith and the Oregon communications director for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004.
Along with other recent hires like former press secretary to Bill Clinton, Joe Lockhart and former Bush Administration official Joel Kaplan, it’s clear that the social network is beefing up its political and policy communications team — and it will be interesting to see what kind of messaging strategy they will spearhead.