Leah Katz-Hernandez

Manager, CEO Communications


Currently serving as Manager, CEO Communications, for Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, Leah is a dedicated communications and community engagement professional and disability rights advocate.

Prior to Microsoft, Leah was known as the celebrated ROTUS, Receptionist of the United States, for President Obama. The first ever deaf person to hold the position, she was appointed to the West Wing after serving in First Lady Michelle Obama’s communications office and for the Obama campaign during the 2012 election cycle. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Leah’s groundbreaking grassroots digital communications resulted in an award-winning blog and international attention. Throughout her career at the White House, in the non-profit sector, political campaigns, and on Capitol Hill, Leah has consistently used her specialty knowledge to urge equal access for the deaf, disability and Latina communities.

With more than a decade’s worth of experience to share, Leah has traveled the world as a public speaker via the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs. In the year since departing the White House, Leah joined as a Board Member to the American Association of People with Disabilities, Discovering Deaf Worlds, and Dhagool. She also served as a communications advisor to the President’s Office at Gallaudet University, her alma-mater.

Leah earned her Professional MA in Strategic Communication from American University and a BA in Government from Gallaudet University. In addition to being bilingual in written English and American Sign Language, Leah enjoys learning new sign languages from deaf communities all over the world.

In 2018, Leah contributed a chapter to the book “WEST WINGERS: Stories From The Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside The Obama White House,” edited by Gautam Raghavan and published by Penguin Random House.