WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama tapped pal Susan Sher to be her new chief of staff, replacing Jackie Norris, who came to know the first lady during the critical Iowa caucus campaign.
Sher has a special place in the Obama history--Mrs. Obama's resume hit her desk when she was working at Chicago's City Hall for Mayor Daley and she passed it on to Valerie Jarrett, who ended up hiring her at the Hall after dinner with her fiance--one Barack Obama.
Sher was already at the White House functing as a legal counsel in the East and West wings and as liasion to the Jewish community. In Washington, she lives in the same Georgetown building as Jarrett and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, also a Chicago buddy.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2009
WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES EAST WING STAFF CHANGES
Jackie Norris to Senior Advisor to Corporation for National and Community Service, Susan Sher to Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama
WASHINGTON, DC - The White House announced today that the First Lady's Chief of Staff Jackie Norris has been appointed as Senior Advisor to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Susan Sher, a longtime colleague and friend of the First Lady's, has been promoted to Chief of Staff. The First Lady, Mrs. Norris and Ms. Sher all released statements on the moves, included below:
Statement from Mrs. Obama:
Jackie Norris has been a colleague and friend since the earliest days of the Iowa campaign. She has built a strong organization in the East Wing and made tremendous progress on issues that are important to me and the President, particularly in the area of national service. In assuming the role as Senior Advisor to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Jackie will work closely with my office and the Administration as we move forward to implement the new Serve America Act and we will continue to count on Jackie's leadership and passion for this cause.
Susan Sher is a trusted advisor, longtime mentor and friend dating back to my work at the City of Chicago and later the University of Chicago. Since the beginning of this Administration, Susan has served as a senior member of the East Wing and West Wing teams providing legal counsel, working as a member of the health care reform task force and leading Jewish outreach, and her transition to chief of staff will be seamless.
Statement from Jackie Norris:
I am grateful to President and Mrs. Obama for the opportunities and friendship they have given me over the last few years and I am looking forward to becoming an integral part of this Administration's efforts to advance the cause of national and community service.
Statement from Susan Sher:
Mrs. Obama and I have worked together for many years on issues that we both care deeply about and I appreciate the opportunity to be of greater service to her and this Administration.