On Thursday April 16th, the Obama administration announced that Deesha Dyer, 37 would become the second African American woman in history to hold the esteemed position of being Social Secretary of the White House.
Deesha Dyer, a Philadelphia native, first came to the White House in 2009 as an intern at the age of 31. A year later she was hired full-time for the role of associate director for Scheduling Correspondence and was later promoted to deputy director.
“Deesha shares our commitment to a White House that reflects America’s history, highlights our culture, and celebrates all Americans. 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,” said President Obama in a statement.
Prior to starting her career at the White House, Dyer worked as a freelance journalist covering hip-hop for several different media outlets including The Philadelphia Citypaper. Deesha has also served in several community advocacy roles including her role as creator of a hip-hop AIDS program based in Philadelphia and as a CARE advocacy volunteer and board member at Action AIDS. Since moving to the nation’s capital, Dyer has also volunteered with the homeless community in Washington, D.C. and served as a mentor in the First Lady’s mentee program.
First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated Dyer on her new position and said in a statement that she has always been impressed by her work and is “thrilled that she has agreed to continue her service as [their] Social Secretary.”