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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 30, 1995

President Clinton today named White House Deputy Staff Secretary Todd Stern to be Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary.

Stern will be replaced as Deputy Staff Secretary by Special Assistant to the President Philip Caplan, of the White House Cabinet Affairs office.

"Todd Stern has done an outstanding job managing my substantial information flow and providing important counsel. I am confident he will continue to serve with distinction as Staff Secretary. Both Todd and Phil Caplan are valued members of this Administration and I expect they will continue to make important contributions in their new roles," the President said.

Todd Stern has served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary since January, 1993, under Staff Secretary John Podesta, who has accepted a teaching position at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to his service at the White House, Stern was Senior Counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee's Technology and Law Subcommittee (June 1990 - January 1993), and Vice President with Podesta Associates (1989 - 90). Stern served as General Counsel with Associated Mills/Pollenex in Chicago and New York (1985 - 87), as an associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (1979 - 85) and as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York (1977 - 79). Stern worked on the Clinton-Gore '92 presidential campaign and the presidential transition. He earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977 and a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1973.

Phillip Caplan has served as Special Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs since September, 1993, acting as a liaison between the White House and the Cabinet and as a coordinator on political and policy initiatives. Caplan served as Director of the Summer of Service Program, the Office of National Service's pilot program (March - September, 1993). Prior to coming to the White House, Caplan was Director of Special Projects at CBS Inc (June - July 1992, and December - February, 1993), an associate with The Research Group, Inc. (September 1989 - June 1990), an associate with the FMR Group (January 1987 - January 1989) and a staff assistant to Rep. Wyche Fowler (September 1985 - May 1986). Caplan has also served in a number of political campaigns, including as co-director of the Clinton-Gore Washington State Coordinated Campaign (August - November 1992). Caplan earned a BA from Emory University in 1986 and currently attends the Georgetown University Law Center Night Program, with a JD expected in December, 1995.