Obama appoints first male, first gay as social secretary

Bernard is the first male and a gay to serve this White House position.

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Saturday appointed a new social secretary, Jeremy Bernard, the
first male and a gay to serve this prestigious White House

"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," US President Barack Obama said.

"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," he said in a statement.
Bernard joins the White House staff from the US
Embassy in Paris, where he serves as Senior Advisor to the

Prior to this role, he worked as the White House
Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"I am deeply humbled to join the White House staff
as Social Secretary and support President Obama and the First
Lady in this role," Bernard said in a statement issued by the
White House.
"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," he said.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Bernard currently
serves as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador at the US Embassy
of Paris.

He served as the White House Liaison to the National
Endowment for the Humanities from 2008 to 2010.

Previously, Bernard was a California Finance
Consultant for the Obama for American campaign.

He previously served as a board member of ANGLE
(Access Now for Gay & Lesbian Equality) and the National Gay &
Lesbian Victory Fund.
He was also a member of the Los Angeles County

Sheriff`s LGBT Advisory Committee, the Los Angeles Police LGBT
Advisory Committee and the Los Angeles Mayor`s LGBT Advisory

Bernard served on the President`s Advisory Committee
on the Arts for the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts and was a member of the Democratic National Committee
from 2001 to 2009.

"I look forward to working with Jeremy to continue
the great work of the Social Office, from fun and educational
student workshops to elegant State Dinners that welcome world
leaders to the White House.

Jeremy`s creativity, perspective and skills will be a
welcome addition to our East Wing team, as we showcase the
White House and celebrating America`s arts and culture," said
Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

"What stood out in Jeremy`s work at the National
Endowment for the Humanities was his humor, good will, and
high standard of professionalism," said National Endowment for
the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach.