If you ever feel like it's too late to make your dreams come true, look to Deesha Dyer for both inspiration and motivation. The White House on Thursday announced that after two years in the White House Social Office, the Philadelphia native is now in charge and has been promoted to special assistant to the president and social secretary.
What's so remarkable about that? Dyer first came to work at the White House as an intern in 2009 — at the not-quite-tender age of 31. In 2010, she was hired full time as associate director for scheduling correspondence and was then promoted to deputy director and hotel program director. In those roles, she was responsible for finding hotels for the traveling press corps and site logistics, and also traveled with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Two years later, she was promoted to deputy social secretary.
"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 the first lady. “Since then, 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.' I am thrilled that she has agreed to continue her service as our social secretary."
Before her life-changing internship, Dyer returned to school at age 29 to earn an associate's degree in women's studies from the Community College of Philadelphia and was for several years a freelance journalist covering hip hop culture for several medial outlets, including her hometown City Paper. Dyer also continues to be an avid community advocate in both Washington and Philadelphia, where she volunteers with the homeless community and mentors young girls.
"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," Dyer said.
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(Photo: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)