White House Appoints a Black Chief Usher

Angella Reid will now oversee all aspects of operation and activities within the White House executive residence.

Posted: 10/05/2011 04:00 PM EDT
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(Photo: Julie Matos with The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City)

The White House announced this week that, for the first time in history, its new chief usher is a Black woman.

 

On Monday, Angella Reid was named as the next director of the president’s executive residence and “chief usher.” She is the ninth person and first woman to serve in the role.

 

As the chief usher, Reid will oversee all aspects of operation and activities within the White House executive residence and on the executive residence grounds. She will also maintain a close liaison with the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, and other related entities.

 

Reid has won multiple leadership awards and has more than 25 years of hotel management experience, including her most recent position as the general manager at the Ritz-Carlton of Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to her years of hotel management positions, Reid holds a degree in Hospitality Management from the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft School in Munich, Germany, and is conversational in German and basic Spanish.

 

On a given day she can be found dancing to some of her favorite music, ranging from "It’s a Beautiful Day" by U2 to "I Can’t Stand the Rain" by Tina Turner.

 

She takes over her new role in November. Congratulations, Angella.

 

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