President Obama Names New White House Social Secretary, Deesha Dyer

Deesha Dyer
Deesha Dyer

President Obama has named a new White House Social Secretary, promoting deputy Deesha Dyer to the top job.

“Deesha shares our commitment to a White House that reflects America’s history, highlights our culture, and celebrates all Americans,” Obama said in a statement. “Michelle and I look forward to working with her in this new role as we welcome visitors from across the country and around the world to the People’s House.”

Dyer, 37, replaces Jeremy Bernard as Social Secretary, the person who organizes White House events ranging from formal state dinners to the annual Easter Egg Roll.

Mrs. Obama, noting that Dyer started in the Social Office two years ago, praised her passion and creativity.

“Whether helping flawlessly execute state dinners, or going the extra mile to open the White House to people who never dreamed they would walk through these doors, Deesha has worked tirelessly to truly make the White House the ‘People’s House,'” the first lady said.

Dyer said she is honored by the appointment as White House Social Secretary.

“I am constantly inspired by the openness, diversity, and traditions of this Administration,” she said.

Reports the Associated Press:

“Before starting her career in government, Dyer was an assistant at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and a freelance journalist covering East Coast hip-hop culture. She also worked with young adults, created a Philadelphia-based hip-hop AIDS program and as a CARE advocacy volunteer, the White House said.

“Dyer returned to college at age 29 and earned a degree from the Community College of Philadelphia.

“She joined the White House in 2009 as a 31-year-old intern in the office of scheduling and advance. She was brought on full-time a year later, beginning as associate director for scheduling correspondence and working her way up to deputy social secretary in 2013.”

SOURCE: David Jackson
USA TODAY

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