Capricia Marshall

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Capricia Marshall
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Chief of Protocol of the United States
In office
August 3, 2009 – August 1, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byLaura Bowen Wills (Acting)
Succeeded byNatalie Jones (Acting)
23rd White House Social Secretary
In office
October 1997 – January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byAnn Stock
Succeeded byCatherine Fenton
Personal details
Capricia Penavic

1964 (age 54–55)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materPurdue University
Case Western Reserve University
WebsiteOfficial biography

Capricia Penavic Marshall served as Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2009 to August 2013.

Early life[edit]

Capricia Marshall at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2018.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to immigrant parents, a Croatian[1] father and Mexican mother.[2][3] In 1986, Marshall graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies.[2][4] She studied at the University of Madrid for a year before attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was president of the student bar association, and graduated in 1990.[2]


After receiving her Juris Doctor, Marshall worked for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, 1992 as Special Assistant to Hillary Clinton.[2] In 1993, she served on the East Wing staff of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton as Special Assistant to the First Lady.[2] In October 1997, at the age of 32, Marshall was appointed Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary.[2][5] After President Clinton's term ended in January 2001, Marshall continued working with the former President as a Senior Advisor, helping to advance his work in policy, politics, and community initiatives.[2] In 2001, she began working as a consultant to a number of nonprofit and private sector organizations.

In 2006, Marshall joined the re-election efforts for Senator Hillary Clinton, and subsequently joined the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2008.[2] As Senior Advisor, she led the Surrogate Speakers Program and helped coordinate women's outreach. In 2008, Marshall became Executive Director of HillPAC and Friends of Hillary and oversaw the closure of both committees.[6]

She was sworn in as US Chief of Protocol on August 3, 2009.[7] On May 16, 2010, Marshall was the keynote speaker at Commencement of her law school alma mater.[8][2]

On March 26, 2014, Elle honored Marshall, with others, at Italian Embassy in the United States during its annual "Women in Washington Power List."[9]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Robert, and their son, Cole Marshall.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Šefica protokola, porijeklom Hrvatica, pala pred Obamom". (in Croatian). Večernji list.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Luxner, Larry (January 2013). "America's Protocol Boss Masters Art of Diplomatic Dos and Don'ts". The Washington Diplomat. pp. 17–19.
  3. ^ Starobin, Paul. "Decision makers; Capricia Marshall". National Journal. Archived from the original on August 3, 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. She is a first-generation American -- her mother is Mexican, her father Croatian.
  4. ^ [1] Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". The White House. May 13, 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Case Western Reserve University School of Law > Commecement 2010 > Speaker". Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  7. ^ "Office of the Chief of Protocol". United States Department of State. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Case Western Reserve University School of Law > Commecement 2010 > Speaker". Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  9. ^ Watters, Susan (26 March 2014). "Gucci and Elle Honor Women in Washington Power List". WWD. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ann Stock
White House Social Secretary
Catherine Fenton
Preceded by
Laura Bowen Wills
Chief of Protocol of the United States
Natalie Jones