Name: Cassandra Butts
New Role: Deputy White House Counsel
Obama Connection: Friends with Obama since they were classmates together at Harvard Law School, Butts served as a domestic policy adviser during his campaign.
Past Life: Butts was previously vice-president for domestic policy at Center for American Progress. She was an adviser to former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, and an election observer in the 2000 Zimbabwe parliamentary elections.
Bio: Butts was born in Brooklyn, and moved to Durham, North Carolina, at age 9. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a law degree from Harvard.
Me Time: A car enthusiast, Butts drives a BMW Z3 coupe, of which only just a handful were made.