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Twitter hires State Department's Katie Stanton

July 9, 2010 | 10:02 am

Katie Jacobs Stanton, a Google veteran and a White House and State Department staffer, is returning to California to join Twitter.

She made the announcement on – what else? – Twitter.

Stanton, who was a speaker at the company’s Chirp conference in April, is leaving her post at the State Department to work on international and business strategy.

It's a key hire for Twitter. Stanton brings some impressive credentials that straddle government and technology: She worked on new media strategies for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, served as White House director of citizen participation and in December began helping the State Department use social media in international diplomacy.

Clearly Stanton is looking forward to the new gig.

-- Jessica Guynn