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Names: Anderson as NSS Chief of Staff

The White House announced that Brooke Anderson will become the new chief of staff of the National Security Staff, replacing Denis McDonough, who was promoted to Deputy National Security Advisor last month.

"Brooke Anderson is an extraordinarily talented, experienced, and well-respected member of our Administration," National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said in a statement. "Her deep expertise on issues ranging from non-proliferation to the United Nations, along with her broad experience in and out of the U.S. government, make her the ideal person to serve as chief of staff here and counselor to the National Security Staff."

Anderson currently serves as Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where she holds the rank of ambassador.  She focuses on U.N. Security Council matters, including peacekeeping and nonproliferation, the White House said.

Anderson was senior director for communications at the National Security Council at the beginning of the Clinton administration. She worked on the presidential campaign of John Kerry in 2004. She has also served as Director of Public Affairs for the Energy Department, nonproliferation expert at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Rep. David Skaggs (D-CO).

In 2008, she served as chief national security spokesperson and policy advisor for the Obama-Biden transition team and a member of the White House National Security Council transition team.

She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in 1986.

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