The White House has announced that Jeremy Bernard has been named special assistant to the president and social secretary, according to a press release. Bernard is the first manand openly gay individualto attain the post.
Bernard joins the White House staff from the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where he serves as senior advisor to the ambassador. Prior to this role, he worked as the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People's House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways. We look forward to Jeremy continuing to showcase America's arts and culture to our nation and the world through the many events at the White House," President Obama said.
"I am deeply humbled to join the White House staff as Social Secretary and support President Obama and the First Lady in this role," said Bernard. "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."