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Marie Harf


Marie Harf is Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. In this position, Ms. Harf continues her work leading on the Iran negotiations communications strategy and other priorities. Marie Harf was the Deputy Spokesperson for the Department of State from July 2013 to May 2015, having also served as the Acting Spokesperson from March 27, 2015 to May 13, 2015. Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Harf served as a senior advisor to and press spokesperson for Chuck Hagel during his confirmation to be Secretary of Defense. During the 2012 election, Ms. Harf was responsible for all national security and foreign policy issues on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. In this role, Ms. Harf developed and implemented the campaign’s national security policy and communications strategy, and she served as a press spokesperson on national security issues. Ms. Harf was also a member of President Obama’s debate preparation team for the Town Hall and Foreign Policy debates.


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