Mari Maseng Will

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Mari Maseng
Mari Maseng 1981.jpg
Maseng in 1981
White House Communications Director
In office
July 1, 1988 – January 20, 1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byTom Griscom
Succeeded byDavid Demarest
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
In office
May 12, 1986 – July 1987
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byLinda Chavez
Succeeded byRebecca Range
Personal details
Mari Maseng

(1954-03-15) March 15, 1954 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)George Will (1991–present)
Children1 son
EducationUniversity of South Carolina (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.


Maseng is a director of the political action committee, Citizens for the Republic, founded in January 1977 by Ronald Reagan and revived in 2009 by, now chairman, Craig Shirley after a period of dormancy following President Reagan's departure from office.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Maseng graduated from the University of South Carolina (B.A., 1975)[6] In 1991, she married columnist and TV commentator George Will. They have one child, David, born in 1992, and live in the Washington D.C. area.


  1. ^ "Appointment of Mari Maseng as Assistant to the President for Communications". June 16, 1988.
  2. ^ George Will (1996). "The columnist speaks; Mari Maseng steps down". The Masthead.
  3. ^ Maseng sought work on Romney campaign, Ben Smith, Politico, November 12, 2011
  4. ^ This Week 11/13, George Will, This Week (ABC TV series), November 13, 2011
  5. ^ "Citizens for the Republic: Board of Directors". Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Friendship on the fairway: Keeping it evergreen". February 11, 2008.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
Succeeded by
Preceded by
White House Director of Communications
Succeeded by