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Hill Climbers: Honda Staffer Is Storyteller at Heart

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Jack d’Annibale worked as a creative executive and screenwriter for films before starting his political career. He recently started as Rep. Mike Honda’s communications director.

After volunteering, d’Annibale spent election night in Chicago’s Grant Park awaiting the results, celebrating the victory and hearing the president-elect speak. “The music they were playing was from a Bruckheimer movie,” d’Annibale said — the football movie “Remember the Titans.”

It was there that he decided to stay in politics. “Let me use my storytelling ability. Let me try to put it to good use,” he remembered thinking. His next move was to Organizing for America, where he worked on messaging for the 2010 health care overhaul. Then he became a fellow for the Truman National Security Project, where he worked on communications.

When d’Annibale, who was raised in Long Island but considers himself “an adopted Californian,” found out about the chance to work for the liberal Honda, he knew it was the right move for him.

“When I heard about the opportunity to come work for him, I just jumped at the chance,” he said.

Although he hasn’t sworn off going back into the entertainment industry, d’Annibale said that he plans on staying here for a while. “This is a job worth doing, and it’s worth doing well,” he said. And he plans on putting his storytelling
abilities to good use while he’s here. “Michael Honda has a really amazing story to tell,” he said.

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