2013 The Root 100

The emerging political star recently became Valerie Jarrett's chief of staff.

  • Influence: 148.9
  • Reach: 8.72
  • Substance: 7.1
  • Media Mentions: 5
  • Internet Mentions: 17000
  • Twitter Followers: 5180
  • Yohannes Abraham

  • Recently named chief of staff to President Obama's senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett.
  • Job: Special assistant to the president and chief of staff for the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @YohannesAbraham
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Age: 27
  • Bio: This spring, when Michael Strautmanis stepped down from his post as Valerie Jarrett's chief of staff, a star from President Obama's election campaigns emerged to take his place. The youthful and vibrant Yohannes Abraham was originally deputy national political director for President Obama's 2012 campaign. Before that, he served as the national political director for then Sen. Obama's Organizing for America, after an impressive turn as part of the Iowa Caucus team. The Yale grad and Springfield, Va., native was also with the White House Office of Legislative Affairs after the 2008 election.