Ms. Kountoupes served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs for President Clinton. Ms. Kountoupes spent three years as Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She entered the Executive Branch in May 1994, she served as a Special Assistant in the Secretary’s office at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to her tenure in the Clinton Administration, Ms. Kountoupes served as a member of the staff of Chairman John D. Dingell of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. Ms. Kountoupes graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.