National Political and Public affairs Consultant, former White House Principal Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor at the Republican National Committee
Katie Walsh Shields is a political and public affairs consultant in Washington, DC with more than 12 years of experience working at the highest levels of national politics, including presidential campaigns, national party committees and the White House. Shields was recently named by the National Journal as “One of the 50 People Changing the Game in Washington”
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. Katie 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.
Shields left the White House in March 2017 to head up the Pro-Trump outside Group America First Policies after the House Republicans were forced to pull the vote on the Repeal/Replace effort. White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus was quoted saying “It was abundantly clear we didn’t have air cover when it came to the calls into lawmakers and nobody can fix this problem like Katie Walsh.” American First Policies went on to raise $75M in the 2018 cycle.
Shields served as Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2015-2016, working daily with Jared Kushner, Brad Parscale and Steve Bannon from the Trump Campaign to guide the RNC’s successful ground and data efforts in the 2016 Presidential election victory. Kushner was recently quoted in the Washington Post as saying “Katie was one of the unsung heroes of the 2016 campaign and has been a great partner in working towards the President’s reelection in 2020.”
Prior to ascending to RNC Chief of Staff, Shields served raised a record setting $195M as Finance Director in the 2014 cycle when Republicans elected a majority in the U.S. Senate and the largest House Majority since 1928.
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.
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 is currently the senior advisor to the Chairman at the Republican National Committee with the focus of ensuring that the Republican National Committee’s data and digital efforts are ready for the President’s re-election in 2020.