Twitter has made another key hire today: former Google vet and White House and State Department staffer Katie Jacobs Stanton. According to Stanton’s Tweet stream, she will be leaving her role at the State Department for greener pastures at Twitter. She will be based out of the company’s California office.
At first I thought Stanton would be taking on Twitter’s newly announced role of government liaison, but according to Stanton, she’ll be working on international and business strategy. Stanton joined Google in 2003 and was the Product Manager of Google Finance. She was one of the first Googlers to join the Obama Administration, as the “Director of Citizen Participation,” in which she helped develop of online tools that help Americans get move involved with White House.
She then moved to the State Department early this year as the Special Adviser to the Office of Innovation, where she worked on projects related to Twitter. Stanton seems to have the perfect blend of government and technology experience, which makes this a big win for Twitter.
Created in 2006, Twitter is a global real-time communications platform with 400 million monthly visitors to twitter.com, more than 200 million monthly active users around the world. We see a billion tweets every 2.5 days on every conceivable topic. World leaders, major athletes, star performers, news organizations and entertainment outlets are among the millions of active Twitter accounts through which users can truly get the pulse of the planet.