Rahm Ramps Up
Freshman Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) can finally take down the “help wanted” sign from above his office door.
Emanuel recently rounded out his staff roster with the addition of Press Secretary Cecelia Prewett.
The Martin, Tenn., native moves over from Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s (D-N.Y.) office, where she had served as communications director since 1998.
Previously, Prewett, 32, spent time as deputy director of communication for the National Environmental Trust and as press secretary for Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.).
A member of the University of Tennessee’s class of 1993, Prewett holds a bachelor’s in communications and journalism. She also holds a 1996 master’s in political management from George Washington University.
At the helm of Emanuel’s office is Chief of Staff Elizabeth Sears Smith.
Smith, who served as a consultant before coming to Capitol Hill, spent three years as deputy assistant secretary of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration until 2001.
The Chicago native is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She earned a bachelor’s in political science in 1986.
Smith, 38, is also an alumna of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, from which she received a master’s of business administration in 1997.
The legislative director post is filled by Hill veteran Pete Spiro.
Spiro, 33, made his Hill debut as an intern to then-Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.) in 1992 before joining the office of then-Rep. Jim Jontz (D-Ind.) as a legislative correspondent.
When Jontz lost his bid for re-election in 1992, Spiro returned to Roemer’s
office as a legislative assistant and went on to serve as legislative director before the lawmaker’s retirement last cycle.
Spiro, who hails from Fort Worth, Texas, earned his bachelor’s in political science in 1992 from Tulane University.
Robert Getzoff serves as the Illinois lawmaker’s legislative counsel.
The Philadelphia native previously spent time on the Hill as an aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) before leaving to work for Merill Lynch.
Getzoff, 36, holds a bachelor’s from George Washington University, a law degree from Temple University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Rebecca Antar and Jonathan Hoganson both handle duties as legislative assistants.
Antar is responsible for topics including abortion rights, stem-cell research, education, health care, immigration, Social Security and welfare.
Before coming to the Hill, the 24-year-old Antar worked as a legislative assistant for Jennings Policy Strategies. She also worked for the Advisory Board Co. as a research associate until 2001.
Antar received her bachelor’s in the history of science from Harvard University in 2000.
She hails from Great Neck, N.Y.
Hoganson, 28, works on transportation, environment, energy, judiciary, science and telecommunications issues, as well as serving as intern coordinator.
The Homewood, Ill., native spent time as a graduate assistant at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University while working toward his degree, which he received in 2002.
Hoganson’s resume includes stints at Ariel Mutual Funds, where he handled special projects, and Jasculca/Terman and Associations, where he served as a junior account assistant.
The Colorado State University alumnus has also worked for the Colorado Democratic Party.
Another Chicago native, Luis Jimenez, serves as legislative correspondent and systems administrator.
Jimenez, 26, worked for Illinois-based Comdisco Inc. before coming to the Hill.
A graduate of the University of Kansas, Jimenez has a degree in political science, Spanish and international studies.
Rounding out the staff list is Emanuel’s scheduler, Preeti Chaudhari.
Chaudhari served as assistant regional counsel for the Social Security Administration until 2002, and earlier as the judicial law clerk for the 18th Judicial Circuit Court.
An alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chaudhari has a bachelor’s of political science.