Nancy-Ann Deparle, deputy White House chief of staff and one of the highest-ranking women in the White House, is leaving Friday after four years as an architect of Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul. …

Deparle predicted more such executive actions in Obama’s second term and more efforts to engage the American people on what is at stake for them.

“I think you will see a more assertive approach to enlisting the American people to help with getting the change that we want from Congress,” she said.

She pointed to a number of executive steps that Obama took last year under the “we can’t wait” program of pushing ahead with items that do not need congressional approval.

“I think you’ll see more of his flexing his authority to use executive action, to take executive action in areas so he can do everything he can,” Deparle said.