Alyssa Mastromonaco served as assistant to the president and director of scheduling and advance at the White House from 2009 to 2011 and as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House from 2011 to 2014. She currently works as chief communication and talent officer at A+E Networks and is a contributing editor at Marie Claire.
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is everything we've come to know and love about Alyssa over the decade we worked with her: brilliant, funny, grounded, and inspiring. Anyone who's interested in politics - especially young people - should read this book -- Dan Pfeiffer and Jon Favreau, former communications director and speechwriter for President Barack Obama This relatable memoir is packed with juicy on-the-road stories and crisis management advice, and presents a strong case for embracing a sense of humor in the face of humbling setbacks * Esquire * Mastromonaco's book is genuinely important . . . A fascinating insight into the corridors of power. It also proves that young, Veep-watching, cat-loving, wine-drinking, foul-mouthed women can make it to the very top * The Pool * A combination memoir and compendium of very good suggestions about how to get ahead - very far ahead - at an early age * Washington Post * Always fascinating and very funny, Alyssa's book is full of juicy stories from one of the world's most glamorous jobs -- Mindy Kaling A funny read and packed with advice on how we too might become the right-hand woman of the leader of the free world * The Times *