Charlotte Mailliard Shultz

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Charlotte Mailliard Shultz
Charlotte mailliard cyril magnin.jpeg
Mailliard with Cyril Magnin, 1985
Born Charlotte Smith
September 26, 1933 (aged 81)
Borger, Texas, U.S.
Nationality United States
Education B.A. University of Arkansas
Occupation Philanthropist
Chief of Protocol for the City and County of San Francisco
Known for Chief of Protocol for the State of California
Spouse(s) John Ward Mailliard III (19??-1986; his death)
Melvin Swig (1988-1993; his death)
George Shultz (1997-present)

Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, CVO (born Charlotte Smith; September 26, 1933) is an American heiress and socialite. She is the Chief of Protocol for the state of California, and the Chief of Protocol for the City and County of San Francisco.[1] She is the wife of former United States Secretary of State George P. Shultz.[2]

In 2007, she was named Honorary Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by Queen Elizabeth II.[3] Mailliard Shultz was President of the board of the War Memorial Performing Arts Center and a member of the boards of the San Francisco Symphony, Grace Cathedral, the Commonwealth Club of California, and the San Francisco Ballet. A native Texan, Mailliard Shultz has often quipped about San Francisco, "...if I don't pay my dues, they may send me back to Texas!"[4]


Born Charlotte Smith on September 26, 1933 in Borger, Texas, where her father ran the general store, she went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in fashion design, marketing and merchandising. She moved to San Francisco, where she met her first husband, John Ward Mailliard III, who died of cancer in 1986. In 1988, she married Melvin Swig, owner of the Fairmont Hotel. As a couple, Melvin and Charlotte donated and raised numerous funds for building the new San Francisco Public Library. Melvin Swig died in 1993. In 1997, Mailliard married George Shultz.[citation needed]

Mailliard's work as Chief of Protocol for San Francisco has been notable. Her role has been called the "city's premier party-giver" by the Chronicle. Indeed, as Chief of Protocol, Mailliard brought back the city's Black and White Ball, organized the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with the Golden Gate Bridge Walk (where one million pedestrians walked across the bridge), and welcomed British royalty and Pope John Paul II on their visits to the city. Her role as Chief of Protocol began as a volunteer for then-San Francisco mayor Jack Shelley, spanning over seven mayoral administrations until then-mayor Frank Jordan's term, who chose as his Chief of Protocol, Richard Goldblum. Willie Brown re-appointed Mailliard to the post, which she currently holds today.[5]

In 2003, in San Francisco a surprise party was held to honor her work on behalf of the city. Baseball legend Willie Mays, mayor Gavin Newsom, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver were in attendance. It was announced that the staircase of San Francisco City Hall would be known as the Charlotte Mailliard Shultz Staircase. In 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her as Chief of Protocol for the State of California.[citation needed]

Marriage to George Shultz[edit]

Mailliard's marriage, at age 63, to former Secretary of State George Shultz at Grace Cathedral in 1997 was considered the Bay Area's "wedding of the year"[6] Both widowed, they were introduced by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. Shultz proposed to Charlotte at the Bohemian Club with a diamond, sapphire and ruby ring. Wedding guests included Nancy Reagan, former Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey, former Ambassador to Great Britain Walter Annenberg, former California governor Pete Wilson, and United States House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.[7]

Today, the couple continues to dominate San Francisco social events, their public lives intersecting through their vast contacts, from attending White House state dinners to throwing a bash for Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair's visit in 2006 at their Russian Hill penthouse at The Summit.[8]


  1. ^ "Mayor Lee Appoints Charlotte Mailliard Shultz as Chief of Protocol". City and County of San Francisco. February 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "George P. Shultz, Charlotte Swig". The New York Times. August 17, 1997. 
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  4. ^ Archambeau, Kathleen (2006). Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels. Career Press. p. 70. ISBN 1-56414-876-9. 
  5. ^ Brown, Willie L. (2008). Basic Brown: my life and our times. Simon and Schuster. p. 253. ISBN 0-7432-9081-X. 
  6. ^ George P. Shultz & Charlotte Swig marry,; accessed August 26, 2015.
  7. ^ Shultz and socialite wed in San Francisco,; accessed August 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "The State of the Union S.F. in full party mode for Charlotte Swig and George Shultz",, July 25, 1997; accessed August 26, 2015.

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