Martin Aide Willeford Joins White House Staff

Emily Willeford, a senior aide to Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin, moved to the White House, serving in the office of deputy chief of staff Karl Rove.

Willeford was Martin’s deputy chief of staff and top adviser on international communications issues. Her departure wasn’t announced by the FCC, but she recently spoke to a reporter on the phone from her White House office. She left the commission in late December.

Willeford was a Martin aide at the FCC before he became chairman. She left his office in 2003 to work for Rove. She rejoined the agency two years later when President Bush appointed Martin to succeed Michael Powell as FCC chairman.