White House Social Secretary

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The White House Social Secretary is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of official social events at the White House, the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States.

Function[edit]

The Social Secretary is head of the White House Social Office, located in the East Wing of the White House Complex. The Social Secretary plans events ranging from those as simple as a tea for the First Lady and a single official guest, to dinners for more than 200 guests. The Social Secretary works with the White House Chief Usher to coordinate domestic staff and with the Chief of Protocol of the United States, an official within the United States Department of State, to plan state visits and accompanying state dinners. The Social Secretary works with the White House Graphics and Calligraphy Office in the production of invitations to social events.

The Social Secretary works on both the political and non-political functions of the presidency, coordinating events for the President, the First Lady, and senior political staff. The White House Social Secretary serves at the president's pleasure and is appointed by each administration.

First male to fill role[edit]

On February 25, 2011, the White House appointed Jeremy Bernard, the first male social secretary in its history. “I have long admired the arts and education programs that have become hallmarks of the Obama White House and I am eager to continue these efforts in the years ahead,” Bernard said during the announcing press conference.[1]

List of White House Social Secretaries[edit]

Social Secretary Term of office President
1 Belle Hagner[2] 1901 – 1909 Theodore Roosevelt
2 Alice Blech[3] 1909 – 1910 William Howard Taft
3 Mary Spiers[4] 1910 – 1913
4 Belle Hagner[5] 1913 – 1915 Woodrow Wilson
5 Edith Benham Helm[6] 1915 – 1921
6 Laura Harlan[7] 1921 – 1923 Warren G. Harding
1923 – 1929[8] Calvin Coolidge
7 Mary Randolph[9] 1929 – 1931 Herbert Hoover
8 Doris Goss[10] 1931 – 1933
9 Edith Benham Helm[11] 1933 – 1949 Franklin D. Roosevelt
1949 – 1953[12] Harry S. Truman
10 Mary Jane McCaffrey[13] 1955 – 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower
11 Letitia Baldrige[14] 1961 – 1963 John F. Kennedy
12 Nancy Tuckerman[15] 1963 – 1963
13 Bess Abel[16] 1963 – 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
14 Lucy Winchester[17] 1969 – 1974 Richard Nixon
15 Nancy Lammerding Ruwe[18] 1964 – 1975 Gerald Ford
16 Maria Downs[19] 1975 – 1977
17 Gretchen Poston[20] 1977 – 1981 Jimmy Carter
18 Mabel (Muffie) Brandon[21] 1981 – 1983 Ronald Reagan
19 Gahl Hodges[22] 1983 – 1985
20 Linda Faulkner[23] 1985 – 1989
21 Laurie Firestone[24] 1989 – 1993 George H.W. Bush
22 Ann Stock[25] 1993 – 1997 Bill Clinton
23 Capricia Marshall[26] 1997 – 2001
24 Catherine Fenton[27] 2001 – 2004 George W. Bush
25 Lea Berman[28] 2005 – 2007
26 Amy Zantzinger[29] 2007 – 2009
27 Desirée Rogers[30] 2009 – 2010 Barack Obama
28 Julianna Smoot[31] 2010 – 2011
29 Jeremy Bernard[32] 2011 – 2015
30 Deesha Dyer[33] 2015 – 2017
31 Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd[34] 2017 – Present Donald Trump

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brian Bolduc (2011-02-25). "White House Names First Male Social Secretary". NATIONAL REVIEW Online. 
  2. ^ http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Learn-About-TR/TR-Encyclopedia/Family-and-Friends/Isabella-Hagner.aspx
  3. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehousehistory/7372065116/
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  6. ^ https://www.whitehousehistory.org/photos/social-secretary-quotes-edith-benham-helm
  7. ^ https://www.whitehousehistory.org/photos/social-secretary-quotes-laura-harlan
  8. ^ https://www.whitehousehistory.org/photos/social-secretary-quotes-laura-harlan
  9. ^ (PDF). p. 3 https://www.archives.gov/files/publications/prologue/2015/summer/depriest.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ MaryAnne Borrelli (15 August 2011). The Politics of the President's Wife. Texas A&M University Press. pp. 62–. ISBN 978-1-60344-422-4. 
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  13. ^ (PDF). p. 24 http://dcchs.org/FrankQNebeker/081203.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/letitia-baldrige-doyenne-of-decorum-and-social-secretary-to-first-lady-jacqueline-kennedy-dies-at-86
  15. ^ https://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKWHP-ST-C186-1-63.aspx
  16. ^ http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/05/quoted_lbj_social_secretary_be.html
  17. ^ https://www.nixonlibrary.gov/forresearchers/find/textual/central/smof/winchester.php
  18. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1975/02/14/archives/nancy-lammerding-ford-aide-is-married-to-l-nicholas-ruwe.html
  19. ^ http://geraldrfordfoundation.org/centennial/oralhistory/maria-downs/
  20. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1992/01/08/us/gretchen-householder-poston-59-ex-white-house-social-secretary.html
  21. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1981/05/17/a-conversation-with-muffie-brandon/f7d6fde6-ef80-4412-9f34-e6fb971d05d1/
  22. ^ https://www.whitehousehistory.org/photos/social-secretary-quotes-gahl-hodges-burt
  23. ^ https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/faulkner.htm
  24. ^ https://www.whitehousehistory.org/photos/social-secretary-quotes-laurie-firestone
  25. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/02/04/DI2009020402268.html
  26. ^ https://www.whitehousehistory.org/photos/social-secretary-quotes-capricia-marshall
  27. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/09/us/laura-bush-designates-keepers-of-her-calendar.html
  28. ^ https://www.whitehousehistory.org/photos/social-secretary-quotes-lea-berman
  29. ^ https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/01/20070130-2.html
  30. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/26/AR2010022603734.html
  31. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/27/AR2010022702019.html
  32. ^ http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/jeremy-bernard-white-house-social-secretary-kgb-file-116743
  33. ^ https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/16/white-house-announces-deesha-dyer-social-secretary
  34. ^ Betsy Klein (February 8, 2017). "Melania Trump hires White House social secretary". CNN. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 

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