Stevens, 32, is new to this position, but he brings to the job several years of communications experience within the Obama administration. After working on Obama's 2008 campaign as a spokesman in several different states, he was a regional spokesman for the inaugural committee. Then came a year and a half at DHS, first as press secretary for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and then as a press secretary for the whole department. He went to the White House in November 2010 as an assistant press secretary and has now returned to helm communications at DHS. "We have a big role here in making sure we're communicating all the work that's being done to protect the American people, to protect our critical infrastructure, [and] to ensure that we're working with states and localities to prepare," he said. Stevens credits the network of people he works with, both around DHS and throughout the administration, with expertise and experience. A native of the Washington area who also lived in New Jersey and Vermont growing up, Stevens attended Colby College. Afterward, he worked on the 2004 Howard Dean campaign and then joined Fenton, a communications firm.