- Fall 2017
Yohannes Abraham serves as Senior Advisor at the Obama Foundation. Prior to joining the Obama Foundation, Abraham served in the White House as Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council. He also served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. In his role as Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett’s top aide, he oversaw the team tasked with engaging state and local governments, the private sector, organized labor, civil rights organizations, and advocacy groups across the spectrum to inform and promote President Obama’s policy priorities. These roles placed him in the middle of many of the second term’s highest profile confirmation, legislative, and communications battles.
Abraham first began working for then-Senator Obama during his Iowa Caucus campaign in 2007. He went on to serve as Senator Obama’s Virginia Field Director in the 2008 general election, helping turn Virginia blue for the first time in 44 years. During President Obama’s first term, Abraham served in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs during the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and other key pieces of the President’s agenda. He went on to serve as the National Political Director at Organizing for America during the 2010 midterms. Abraham was one of the first staffers hired onto President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Abraham is a graduate of Yale College and a native of Springfield, Virginia. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia and sits on the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Community College System.