Best Local Girl Made Good (2012)

Semonti Stephens

It's hard to know whether working in the White House is anything like The West Wing, but some Minnesotans have firsthand details. One is Crystal native Semonti Stephens. As deputy communications director to First Lady Michelle Obama, Stephens participates in a variety of public events and juggles the daunting number of daily requests for face time with her boss. The Gustavus Adolphus College grad is no stranger to the role of media wrangler; she previously served as press secretary to Senator Amy Klobuchar and to then-senator Mark Dayton. Now Stephens is working in the most coveted of political inner circles, at the side of one of the most famous women in the world. Her mother, by the way, is Rita Mustaphi, known to many in the local dance community as artistic director of Katha Dance Theatre.


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