Johanna Maska is the CEO of Global Situation Room. Maska served as media advisor to President Barack Obama for 8 years from the beginning of the Iowa caucuses in 2007. As White House Director of Press Advance Maska traveled with President Obama to 42 countries, almost every US State and to dozens of summits, handling his media engagements around the world.
Maska orchestrated President Obama's global image. At the White House she led planning for multinational engagements, balancing various international press interests with the
needs for leaders across the globe to ultimately get the stories for her principal. Maska led planning for the US-hosted APEC Summit, NATO Summit, G8 Summit and was consulted by other governments as they planned their multinational arrangements.
Maska directly oversaw teams working to build the President’s engagements around the world, working with the White House Press Secretary, Communications Director and National Security Council staff. She would then travel with the President to put the final touches on the images that history would capture.
Maska played an integral role in both of the elections of President Obama and in the administration. In 2015 Maska moved to Los Angeles, CA. With Global Situation Room Maska works with companies and organizations as an advisor and senior strategist on issues ranging from global good, global risk, and global trade.
Johanna Maska is CEO of Global Situation Room, a global consultancy. Maska served as White House Director of Press Advance for President Barack Obama for more than 8 years spanning from the 2007 Iowa caucuses until 2015. At the White House, Maska was the guarantor of President Obama’s brand on a global stage, ensuring a consistency of message across every continent, whether at the first-ever live address to the nation from Afghanistan or a multi-country town hall from South Africa. Maska traveled with President Obama to more than 40 countries and almost every US state liaising with press, hosts, and government leaders to produce what history would capture of President Obama’s story. Maska taught communications at the University of Southern California, served as a Fellow at the Dole Institute of Politics in Kansas and has addressed women and equality onstage at Harvard's John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics.