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New Obama adviser to speak at Stonehill

President Obama’s newly appointed senior adviser for communications and strategy is returning to his alma mater in Easton on Wednesday morning to discuss his new job during a question-and-answer session at Stonehill College’s Martin Institute for Law & Society.

David Simas, a Taunton native, is scheduled to talk about profession trajectory, leadership, public policy, and the state of contemporary politics with John E. Walsh, the former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

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“David has an open invitation to come whenever he wants,” said Peter Ubertaccio, director of the Martin Institute. “We encourage our students to consider what they do in the larger picture. Going into public service, like David, is very important.”

Simas oversees Obama’s new office of political strategy and outreach, charged with helping congressional Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. He also advises the president on the political climate, handles requests for campaign appearances, and coordinates strategy with the Democratic National Committee, according to a press release from Stonehill.

“The students are very excited to have him here,” Ubertaccio said. “He’s been in the same classroom, studying what they are studying. Now he’s in the corridors of power in the White House, and when you talk to an alum in the field, it paints a different experience because they can imagine being David.”

Prior to joining the White House, Simas was the director of opinion research for the Obama for America presidential reelection campaign and an aide to senior advisers David Plouffe and David Axelrod . He also served as deputy chief of staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stonehill in 1992 and a law degree from Boston College Law School.

The 10 a.m. event is open to the Stonehill community, but the public may also attend.

Kyle Plantz can be reached at kyle.plantz@globe.com.
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