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Alyssa Farah

CNN Contributor


Last updated: Feb 14, 2022

Alyssa Farah is a Washington, DC-based political and policy advisor with over a decade of experience in high level roles in government. Alyssa previously served as White House Communications Director, Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Defense, and Press Secretary to Vice President Mike Pence. Alyssa is the only person to have served as the top spokesperson for the President, Vice President, and Secretary of Defense in one administration. During her tenure at the Department of Defense, she was the primary traveling spokesperson for the Secretary of Defense and accompanied him on key foreign travel including a historic visit to Afghanistan to announce peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban. Alyssa also advised General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on communications matters and preparation for testimony on Capitol Hill. Alyssa is currently a CNN political commentator and a fellow with the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service.

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