2015 rank: 15
2014 rank: NA
By Dan Pfeiffer, CNN contributor, former senior comms and strategy adviser to President Obama
Because of her long political history, the growing bevy of candidates looking to take her on, and the army of media outlets looking for traffic, the hardest job in communications is that of communications director for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
If you were to gather the world’s best scientists in a laboratory to design the perfect person for that job, you would end up with someone exactly like Jennifer Palmieri.
Trusted by the Clinton world, the Obama administration, and the political press corps, she has all the right skills and experiences to get Hillary Clinton elected.
During the three years we worked together in the White House under Obama, Jennifer handled PR crisis after crisis with quick action, good plans, and a remarkable sense of humor.
She was a great colleague to her coworkers and a mentor to her staff, particularly young women. It is going to be a long and possibly bumpy road back to the White House for Hillary, but she is very fortunate to have Jennifer by her side.