Irma Palmer

Speechwriter, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

Irma Palmer has more than a decade of experience working at the intersection of policy, politics and communications. She’s currently U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’s speechwriter. In her previous work in the public sector, she was the Director of Constituent Services and Traveling Press Secretary for former Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe. Prior to the governor’s office, Irma worked as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s press assistant and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s deputy press secretary and press secretary on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. While in the private sector, she was a director at a public relations firm in DC. Irma’s passion for public service began with a high school internship for Congressman John Spratt (D-SC). She returned to Capitol Hill annually throughout college and interned for numerous members of Congress, including: Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Congressman John Larson (D-CT), Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC), and Senator Jim Webb (D-VA). She also volunteered in President Barack Obama’s Office of Presidential Correspondence and was a graduate fellow at the Democratic Party of Virginia. Irma is a double alumna of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Public Policy. She is also a graduate of the Sorensen Institute Political Leader’s Program. Irma is a member of the Batten School’s Advisory Board and the Virginia Women’s Chorus Alumnae Board of Trustees.