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Thursday January 17, 2013

Nadeam Elshami Appointed as Nancy Pelosi’s Chief of Staff

Posted by Omar Tewfik at 1:21 pm

Today, Nancy Pelosi’s office announced that long-time chief of staff John Lawrence will retire after a successful 38 year career on Capitol Hill. His replacement will be Arab American Nadeam Elshami. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Elshami currently serves as the communications director and senior adviser to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and previously worked for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in the earlier years of his Capitol Hill career.

The son of longtime Arab American activist and AAI member Zainab Elberry, Elshami’s journey to the most senior position in Nancy Pelosi’s Washington office isn’t  exactly what one might expect. Growing up in heavily conservative Nashville, Tennessee, he once identified as Republican before devoting his career to high-ranking Democrats in both the Senate and House.

Years later, in 2007, Elshami arrived at Nancy Pelosi’s office, serving as then-communication director Brendan Daly’s deputy. When Daly left Pelosi’s office, Elshami moved to the position he currently occupies: communications director and senior adviser. Elshami will be replaced in that capacity by Drew Hammil when he moves to chief of staff.

With his new appointment, the Washington Post will need to update Elshami’s profile page, but take a look at it for some more details on Elshami’s career up to this point.

Tagged as Arab Americans, Arab Americans in Political Life, Posted by Omar Tewfik

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