Elle  Celeste-Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House

Elle Celeste


Eleanor Celeste served in the White House from age twenty-six to age twenty-eight (until the end of the Obama Administration and through the transition), most recently as Assistant Director for Biomedical and Forensic Sciences in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In that role, she focused on the life sciences, precision medicine, biosafety and biosecurity, privacy and security of health information, patient access to data, emerging biotechnology, and forensic science. She previously served as an intern and as a Policy Advisor in that same office. Originally from Ohio, she holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies from Wesleyan University, and has a graduate certificate in biohazardous threat agents and emerging infectious disease from Georgetown University. She received a law degree from the Ohio State University. Eleanor currently serves as Associate Director for Research and Development Communications at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company based in Boston.


Yes She Can!

Four former Obama staffers share stories of their time working in the White House and offer insight and encouragement to young women seeking a career in public service.

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Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House

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