President Obama has settled on policy veteran Heather Higginbottom as the new deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Higginbottom, a former aide to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who also was policy director for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, currently serves as deputy director at the White House Domestic Policy Council.
“She understands the relationship between numbers on a ledger and the lives of real people,” Obama said when announcing her nomination for the OMB slot Friday, along with several other appointments. “As we make cuts that are necessary to rein in the deficit, I want to make sure I’ve got Heather there so that we’re meeting our fundamental obligations to our people and to our economy as well.”
If confirmed by the Senate, Higginbottom will replace Rob Nabors. A Binghamton, N.Y. native, she has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in public policy from The George Washington University.