Katie Walsh Shields is a political and public affairs consultant in Washington, DC with more than 10 years of experience working at the national political level, including presidential campaigns, national party committees and the White House.
Shields served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff from January 2017 through March 2017, working as principal deputy to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. In this capacity, she worked daily with President Trump and was responsible for the strategic planning, coordination and implementation of the President’s schedule. Katie also oversaw all activities in the Office of Public Liaison and the Office of Public Affairs with the mission of advancing the President’s agenda through public and political engagement. Prior to this she was Senior Advisor to the Trump-Pence Presidential Transition Team from November 2016 until President Trump was inaugurated in January 2017. In this capacity, she helped oversee the cabinet selection and nomination process, the structure of the West Wing organization and the hiring of West Wing staff. Katie was also responsible for the President-elect’s daily schedule throughout the transition.
Katie served as Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2015-2016, leading a team of more than 7,000 across the country during a cycle which culminated in maintaining the Majority in both the House and the Senate and winning the Presidency. Katie guided the RNC’s successful ground and data efforts in the 2016 Presidential election victory. She spent a good deal of the campaign’s final months operating out of the Trump Campaign Headquarters in Trump Tower, New York City, where she helped coordinate the Trump Campaign’s close relationship with the RNC and was responsible for more than $300M of campaign spending. In coordination with Brad Parscale, the campaign’s digital director, Katie helped direct the voter contact strategy and messaging for the last 75 days of the campaign, including all television, digital engagement, direct mail, phones and door knocks.
In an article published in February 2017, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was quoted saying “Katie was an integral part of our campaign post-convention. She was in New York day in and day out working hand and glove with the campaign to execute a GOTV effort on our behalf unlike anything our Party has ever seen. Her partnership was invaluable.” Additionally, Senior Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner lauded Katie as “one of the unsung heroes of the campaign.”
Prior to ascending to RNC Chief of Staff, Shields served as RNC Finance Director in the 2014 cycle when Republicans elected a majority in the U.S. Senate and the largest House majority since 1928. Under her leadership, the RNC broke several fundraising records including most money ever raised in a non-presidential cycle ($195M).
Shields came to the RNC from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, where she served as Deputy Finance Director for Chairman John Cornyn in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. In this capacity Katie worked directly with Senate campaigns across the country to help organize and implement their finance operations. She previously worked on the Fred Thompson and John McCain presidential campaigns in 2008.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Shields began her political career in her home state, working on the 2000 re-election campaign of then U.S. Senator John Ashcroft, and on Matt Blunt’s successful 2004 gubernatorial campaign.
Katie now serves as a Senior Advisor to America First Policies and the Republican National Committee among other clients. With the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obama Care, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus commented “It was abundantly clear we didn’t have air cover. No one can fix this problem better than Katie Walsh.” Katie left her role at the White House to promote the President’s agenda as an advisor for America First Policies. She’s also dedicated to ensuring that the Republican National Committee’s data and digital efforts are ready for the 2018 midterm cycle and the President’s re-election in 2020.
In addition to appearances on ABC’s This Week and Fox News Channel, Shields has been highlighted in several prominent publications including being featured as one of the “40 Most Interesting Women in Politics” in The Washington Post, “40 Under 40’s Women to Watch: 10 Female Execs on the Execs” in Fortune.
Katie has a business degree with a focus on finance and marketing from The George Washington University. She resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband Mike.