October 27

Celebrate the release of West Wingers with some of the Obama White House staffers who contributed to the book! We’re pleased to have Rumana Ahmed, Gautam Raghavan, Stephanie Valencia, Brad Jenkins, and Frederick native Leah Katz-Hernandez join us to talk about the book and their experiences in the West Wing on October 27 at 4:00pm. Tickets are $15.

West Wingers Book Release is presented in partnership with:
Maryland School for the Deaf
Curious Iguana
Asian American Center of Frederick
Frederick County Public Libraries
Frederick Democrats
Frederick Interfaith
Frederick LGBTQ Events
Frederick County LGBTQ Democrats
Indian Association of Frederick
Islamic Society of Frederick

Speaker Bios

Gautam Raghavan served as President Barack Obama’s liaison to the LGBTQ community as well as the Asian American and Pacific Islander community from 2011 to 2014. Earlier in the Obama administration, he worked for the U.S. Department of Defense and served on the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” working group. Earlier in his political career, Raghavan worked for Progressive Majority, the Democratic National Committee, and the 2008 Obama campaign. Today, he serves as executive director of the Indian American Impact Project & Fund and as an advisor to the Biden Foundation.

Rumana Ahmed interned in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence before becoming a full-time staffer. She then was a liaison to Muslim American and other communities in the Office of Public Engagement, where she also worked on highlighting community-based efforts to address issues like gun violence. Later, as Senior Advisor in the Office for Global Engagement and Strategic Communications in the National Security Council, she worked on advancing relations with Cuba and Laos.

Stephanie Valencia worked for Barack Obama for nearly a decade, starting as deputy Latino vote director on the 2008 campaign, and then serving on the Obama- Biden transition team before joining the White House at the start of the first term. Valencia ended her time at the White House as special assistant to the President and principal deputy director in the Office of Public Engagement.

Brad Jenkins worked as an investment professional for six years before joining the Obama campaign in 2008. On the campaign, Brad worked on youth media, helping Obama turn out one of the largest youth vote numbers in history. Brad joined the White House in 2011, serving as a liaison to the creative community, working to inspire millions of Americans to take action.

Leah Katz-Hernandez first joined the Obama family as campaign volunteer, and then interned in the White House after graduating from Gallaudet University. Later, she worked as a research associate and press assistant in the First Lady’s Office before becoming the West Wing receptionist, known informally as the Receptionist of the United States, or “ROTUS.”