Posner, 43, has been crafting communications messages for budgetary issues and fiscal battles for more than a decade. The New Jersey native helps put together the president's annual budget request and then works with others in the administration to sell it to Congress and the American people. The biggest challenge, he says, is finding the time to focus on long-term initiatives and projects, given the press of day-to-day issues. But best of all, he adds, the budget spans the entire federal government, exposing him to a huge range of programs and questions. Posner got his start as a research analyst and account executive at public-affairs firm Powell Tate. He was the senior adviser to the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Treasury Department at the end of the Clinton administration and acted as the spokesperson for tax and economic policy issues. He spent 11 years climbing the communications ladder within the Senate Budget Committee, where he last worked as the communications director for then-Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., before moving to OMB. Posner is a graduate of Colgate University and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.