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Williamsville South graduate named to key White House communications post

WASHINGTON – Liz Allen, a Williamsville South High School graduate who has served as an aide in the Obama administration since its beginning, was promoted Monday to her highest ranking position yet: deputy communications director and deputy assistant to the president.

Allen, 31, had served as special assistant to the president for message planning since March after holding various positions within the administration since Barack Obama was elected president in 2008.

“It is an honor to serve the president,” Allen said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to take on this new role and continue to work with our fantastic White House team as we look ahead to the last year of the administration.”

Allen will continue to oversee domestic events aimed at promoting the president’s message, and will also be involved in planning for Obama’s communications team.

“I think Liz has only been in the White House for eight months, and in that time she has been given some of our most difficult tasks and somehow she pulls them off,” said Jen Psaki, Obama’s communications director.

Allen came to the White House from the State Department, where she was director of public affairs and strategic communications for the department’s educational and cultural affairs unit.

She worked in Vice President Biden’s press office for the first five years of the administration, eventually serving as his deputy director of communications. And before Obama was elected, she worked for his campaign, and was involved in planning the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Williamsville South recently named Allen, a 2002 graduate, to its “Wall of Fame.” She’s also a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo. She said she remains an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

“Western New York is never far from my mind,” she said. “I loved growing up in Buffalo and bring a lot of hometown pride to work every day.”