Author(s): Alyssa Mastromonaco
Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama long before he began his campaign for president. As director of campaign operations, she made Hope and Change happen through blood, sweat, tears, and lots of briefing binders. But for every historic occasion-meeting the Queen of England, tussling with President Karzai's guards, or eating chicken tenders at Houlihan's as Obama was elected President-there were many less than perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day. Here Alyssa shares the strategies that made her successful in politics and the White House-including the importance of confidence, the value of not being a jerk, and why ultimately everything comes down to hard work (and always carrying a spare tampon). Full of hilarious, never-before-told stories, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is an intimate and admiring portrait of a president, a candid book of advice for young women, and a promising debut from a savvy political star.
Alyssa Mastromonaco is Chief Operating Office at VICE Media in Williamsburg, NY. Previously she served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House from 2011-2014 and as Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance at the White House from 2009-2011 worked for Senator Obama on his campaign and in his Senate Office and PAC since 2005. Earlier in her career she was Director of Scheduling for Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004 and before that was Press Secretary for Congressman Rick Boucher. Mastromonaco serves on the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves on the Board of Director for HeadCount.org, Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin Political Science Department and the board of the University of Vermont Honors College. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire. Ms. Mastromonaco received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1998.