Jeremy Bernard

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Jeremy Mill Bernard
White House Social Secretary
Assumed office
March 1, 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Julianna Smoot
Personal details
Born November 1961 (age 52)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Hunter College (Incomplete)

Jeremy Bernard (born November 4, 1961)[1][2] currently serves as the White House Social Secretary. Bernard was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama on February 25, 2011. He is the first male, as well as the first openly gay individual, to serve as White House Social Secretary.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Bernard was born to Herschel and Loretta (Utterback) Bernard and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where he attended TMI — The Episcopal School of Texas.[5] His father was a fundraiser for Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.[5] Bernard attended Hunter College in New York City, but did not graduate.[6]


Bernard is a prominent Democratic fundraiser and gay rights advocate who served for eight years on the Democratic National Committee. He worked in the Obama Administration in Washington as the White House liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities and later, in Paris, as senior adviser and chief of staff to the U.S. Ambassador to France.


  1. ^ Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2005.
  2. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vol 2 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  3. ^ Dunham, Richard S. (February 25, 2011). "Texan makes history as Obama social secretary". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Nia-Malika; Bacon, Perry, Jr. (February 25, 2011). "Obama makes history with social secretary pick". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b McDonald, Patrick Range (January 30, 2008). "Obama's Gay Gold Mine". LA Weekly. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (February 26, 2011). "Jeremy Bernard: Washington’s New Power Broker". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 26, 2011.