Mari Maseng Will

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Mari Maseng
Mari Maseng 1981.jpg
White House Director of Communications
In office
July 1, 1988 – January 20, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Tom Griscom
Succeeded by David Demarest
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
In office
May 12, 1986 – July 1987
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Linda Chavez
Succeeded by Rebecca Range
Personal details
Born Mari Maseng
(1954-03-15) March 15, 1954 (age 63)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) George Will (1991–present)
Children 1 son
Education University of South Carolina, Columbia (BA)

Mari Maseng Will (born March 15, 1954) is a Republican advisor who has worked for President Ronald Reagan, Senator Robert Dole and Governor Rick Perry. She was also an advisor to Scott Walker's presidential campaign.


Maseng served President Reagan in the White House three times. She was assistant to the president and director of communications from June 1988 to January 1989. Before that she served as deputy assistant to the president and director of the Office of Public Liaison from May 1986 to July 1987 and she was a speechwriter for President Reagan from January 1981 to November 1983. She was assistant secretary of Transportation for Public Affairs from November 1983 to April 1985.[1]

Maseng was Robert Dole's press secretary during his 1980 quest for the Republican presidential nomination. She held the same job for Dole in 1987-88, until Bush clinched the nomination. For the third time Maseng was communications director of Dole's 1996 campaign.[2]

Maseng was brought in as a debate coach for the Rick Perry 2012 presidential campaign during the staff upheaval in the fall of 2011 and continued in that capacity for the rest of the campaign. She earlier worked for Michele Bachmann prior to her announcement for president, and offered her services to the Mitt Romney campaign.[3][4]

Maseng is the principal of Maseng Communications and provides services to corporations, trade associations and political clients in the areas of public relations strategy, message development, speechwriting, and presentation training. She is a debate coach for presidential, US Senate, and congressional clients.

Personal life[edit]

Maseng graduated from the University of South Carolina (B.A., 1975)[5] In 1991, she married columnist and TV commentator George Will. They have one child, a son named David, born in 1992, and live in the Washington D.C. area.

She is a director of the political action committee, Citizens for the Republic, founded in 2009 by Craig Shirley, the author of two best-selling books on Reagan presidential campaigns.[6]


Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Chavez
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
Succeeded by
Rebecca Range
Preceded by
Tom Griscom
White House Director of Communications
Succeeded by
David Demarest