November 17, 2014 Last Updated 7:44 am

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Vice Media as COO

The former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Alyssa Mastromonaco, has joined Vice Media as Chief Operating Officer. Mastromonaco left the White House in May.

“I have always been drawn to an organization made up of people who know exactly what they stand for, where they’re going, and how they want to get there,” Mastromonaco said in the hiring statement. “Even as Vice continues to flourish and grow, they’ve remained true to their mission: telling important, compelling stories in a way others don’t, in a visceral way. Behind Vice is an eclectic cast of some of the sharpest and most creative minds in media, and I’m thrilled to be joining the ranks, albeit a little less young than most.”

Mastromonaco majored in French at the University of Vermont. “We operate on a kind of free-flowing-quasi-hierarchical-non-traditional-management structure that just sort of happened over the years. It’s essentially a cult, and thus a nightmare for most status-quo managers,” Vice Media CEO Shane Smith said, which explains why the media company sought someone fluent in French (or maybe not).

Actually, Mastromonaco later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in political science, graduating in 1998. The hiring is in line with earlier statements by Vice CEO Smith that they would like to expand its presence in Washington DC.

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