Top architect of GOP data, fundraising efforts that helped Trump win is 32-year-old St. Louis native

One of the top behind-the-scenes players in Donald Trump’s victory last week is St. Louis native Katie Walsh, 32, who as chief of staff of the Republican National Committee presided over what RNC officials said was an unprecedented $175 million effort to target and motivate voters in swing states.

Walsh has been described as the GOP’s “rainmaker” for her fundraising prowess. Shortly after she was named chief of staff by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus last year, the Washington Post put her on its list of 40 most interesting women in politics. She had previously been finance director at the RNC.

Her role in helping the RNC build an infrastructure that Trump used to decisively win the Electoral College was fully revealed Monday, when the RNC briefed reporters on its voter-turnout operations.

As chief of staff — essentially the woman who makes sure the trains run on time and the money gets raised and sent to the best places — she has developed a reputation as a campaign finance expert.

She is a finance and marketing graduate of George Washington University.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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