Celeste Drake '89, J.D. '02, M.P.P. '02

Posted On - July 6, 2022

Celeste Drake '89, J.D. '02, M.P.P. '02The White House has brought on Office of Management and Budget official Celeste Drake '89, J.D. '02, M.P.P. '02, as the new deputy director of the National Economic Council for labor and economy, a White House official told Politico.com.

Drake, a former union official and trade expert, was appointed last April as OMB’s first Made in America director, helping shape and implement federal procurement and financial management policy. She’ll replace Seth Harris, who left the administration last month.

“Celeste has already proven herself to be a valuable leader in the Biden Administration and I’m thrilled she will be joining the NEC in this new role,” NEC Director Brian Deese said in a statement. “Her deep expertise will be vital as we continue to advance the President’s strategy to grow our economy from the bottom up and middle out.”

Prior to joining the administration, Drake served as executive in charge of government affairs for the Directors Guild of America. She was previously the trade and globalization policy specialist for the AFL-CIO and is a Hill alum. A political science major as an undergraduate, Drake is a former high school economics and history teacher.

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler told Politico there is “no better advocate for working people than Celeste Drake.”

“She has worked with President Biden to put workers first, always stands her ground and has often faced down powerful forces to advance the cause of America's workers. Celeste is tireless, hard-working and I have no doubt she will be a force in her new position.”

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