Originally published December 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM | Page modified December 8, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Starbucks general counsel retires to work on Obama campaign

Paula Boggs leaving Starbucks.

Seattle Times business reporter

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Starbucks general counsel and secretary Paula Boggs will retire April 2 to join President Obama's re-election campaign. She has been at the coffee company since 2002.

Boggs will be based in Seattle and Santa Fe and work for the campaign in communities across the country.

In 2010, Obama appointed Boggs to the White House Council for Community Solutions, which has worked on community-developed solutions to youth development, education and employment.

Boggs is well-known at Starbucks headquarters for her singing and songwriting. She is a voting member for the Grammy's and serves on the advisory board for KEXP.

Her legal career began in 1984 when she was a U.S. Army officer assigned to the Pentagon. She was a staff attorney for the White House before leaving the service in 1988, after which she served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Western district of Washington prosecuting fraud and regulatory crimes.

Boggs was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis in Seattle from 1995 to 1997, working as a trial lawyer specializing in corporate civil litigation.

She was an executive at Dell Computer from 1997 to 2002.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or On Twitter @AllisonSeattle.

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