White House Hires Prison-Reform Activist as a Trump Assistant

The White House has hired Brooke Rollins as the new assistant to President Trump in the Office of American Innovation, The Daily Beast can confirm. Rollins is the president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a free-market think-tank partly dedicated to criminal-justice reform. The hiring, first confirmed Friday by The Washington Post, comes after real-estate developer Reed S. Cordish stepped down from the role. Prior to joining the White House, Rollins had already served on Trump’s economic advisory committee, and had reportedly worked closely with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and the innovation office to “apply private sector solutions to the nation’s problems.” In a statement, Kushner said: “Reed and I have been working closely with Brooke Rollins in her role as President & CEO of Texas Public Policy Foundation on Prison Reform and she is well prepared to continue executing on our key initiatives. We are grateful to have her join the Office of American Innovation.” —Andrew Kirell