Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
Natalie Wyeth Earnest was appointed as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs on May 16, 2013. In this role, Ms. Wyeth Earnest serves as the principal communications advisor to the Secretary and directs public affairs and external communications for the Department on a broad array of issues including economic policy, domestic finance, tax policy, international affairs and illicit finance.
Ms. Wyeth Earnest joined the Department in 2009 as the spokesperson for international affairs before being named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in 2011.
Before joining the administration, Ms. Wyeth Earnest served as a spokesperson for the Presidential Inaugural Committee and then-Senator Obama's 2008 presidential campaign in Colorado, and the press secretary for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Prior to that, she was press secretary for Governor Kathleen Blanco’s Louisiana Recovery Authority, which focused on securing funding, establishing principles for redevelopment and leading community and regional planning efforts to rebuild southern Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Ms. Wyeth Earnest received a B.A. from the University of Southern California, where she attended the Annenberg School for Communication.