The National Football League has hired former Obama administration official Katie Hill as the league’s senior vice president of communications.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome someone of Katie’s talent to the NFL,” Jeff Miller, NFL’s executive vice president of communications, said in a statement. “Her communications vision, world-class strategic instincts, and deep understanding of today’s dynamic media, digital, and cultural landscape make her an excellent fit for the League and our goals.”
Hill most recently worked curating former President Barack Obama’s post-White House profile, including efforts on his production company and book. She has also served as the former president’s spokesperson.
The hiring comes as the NFL and other U.S. major sports leagues are becoming increasingly more involved in politics, tending to align ideologically with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Hill served in the Obama administration from 2014 to 2017, starting as the national press secretary for health care at the Department of Health and Human Services, before joining the White House in 2015 as assistant press secretary.
Hill, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in classical Greek. She’s relocating to New York from Washington for the NFL position.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Hill worked as the press secretary for Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) from 2011 to 2013, as well as other roles in the private sector and on a political campaign.
“Some news, as the kids say … after four exhilarating years in [Barack Obama’s] office in DC, heading to NYC for a great new adventure [with the NFL]. Bittersweet to leave Obama-world but ready for some [football]!!!” Hill commented about her new job on Twitter, substituting football emojis in place of the word.
A number of people congratulated Hill on her new role.
“The [NFL] just grabbed one of the most effective communicators in the business. Whip smart, crazy creative, super strategic, always thoughtful, and a wonderful human being,” Eric Schultz, a senior Obama adviser, wrote on Twitter.