David Plouffe, Barack Obama's campaign manager, headlines the list of visiting fellows this spring, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government announced today.
Other top aides have followed President Obama to Washington, but Plouffe has decided to stay away. He is credited with helping construct the unprecedented grassroots and Internet-savvy campaign and putting together the strategy that took Obama from long-shot to the nation's first black president.
Instead, Plouffe has been working with Organizing for America, the vehicle announced by the president last week for continuing the grassroots movement and for pushing for Obama's priorities after more than 500,000 backers sent in their ideas.
In a video message to supporters today, Plouffe introduced Mitch Stewart, who ran Obama's successful general election campaign in Virginia, as the group's executive director.
Other visiting fellows are Elaine L. Chao, former secretary of labor in the Bush administration; Tom Ridge, former secretary of homeland security and former governor of Pennsylvania; and Eugene Robinson, Washington Post associate editor, columnist, and frequent guest on MSNBC and other cable news channels.
Chao will be at the school in early spring, Plouffe and Ridge will arrive in April, and Robinson in late spring.
Visiting fellows meet with students; lead discussion groups; and take part in public policy classes with students and faculty, the school says.
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