Philly Native Becomes New White House Social Director

White House Social Secretary

There's a new social director at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and she hails from the Keystone State.

The White House announced Thursday that deputy social secretary Deesha Dyer is taking over the top job. The Philadelphia native attended the Milton Hershey School.

She will be in charge of planning everything from the annual Easter Egg Roll to opulent state dinners, along with numerous receptions, ceremonies and other events.

“I am incredibly honored to continue serving the President and First Lady in my new role as White House Social Secretary,” said Dyer in a White house news release. “I am constantly inspired by the openness, diversity, and traditions of this Administration and I look forward to leading the talented Social Office team as we further the goals and priorities of the President and First Lady throughout these last two exciting years in office.”

The current social secretary, Jeremey Bernard, is leaving at the end of April after more than four years in the post. Bernard was the first male social secretary in White House history.

Dyer first joined the White House in 2009 as an intern before becoming a full-time employee in 2010. She became Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary in 2013.

"From the day Deesha started in the Social Office nearly two years ago, she impressed me with her passion, creativity, public-mindedness and relentless competence,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

“Deesha shares our commitment to a White House that reflects America’s history, highlights our culture, and celebrates all Americans," said President Barack Obama. "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."

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