Jeremy Bernard

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Jeremy M. Bernard
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Jeremy Bernard at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2018.
29th White House Social Secretary
In office
March 1, 2011 – April 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyDeesha Dyer
Preceded byJulianna Smoot
Succeeded byDeesha Dyer
Personal details
Born (1961-11-04) November 4, 1961 (age 58)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materHunter College (Incomplete)

Jeremy Mill Bernard (born November 4, 1961)[1][2] served as the White House social secretary. Bernard was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama on February 25, 2011. He was the first male, as well as the first openly gay individual, to serve as the White House social secretary.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Bernard was born to Herschel and Loretta (Utterback) Bernard and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where he attended TMI — The Episcopal School of Texas.[5] His father was a fundraiser for Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.[5] Bernard attended Hunter College in New York City, but did not graduate.[6]


Bernard is a prominent Democratic fundraiser and gay rights advocate who served for eight years on the Democratic National Committee. He worked in the Obama administration in Washington as the White House liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities and later, in Paris, as senior adviser and chief of staff to the United States ambassador to France.


  • Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life. Scribner. 2018. ISBN 978-1-5011-5800-1.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2005.
  2. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vol 2 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  3. ^ Dunham, Richard S. (February 25, 2011). "Texan makes history as Obama social secretary". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Henderson, Nia-Malika; Bacon, Perry, Jr. (February 25, 2011). "Obama makes history with social secretary pick". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  5. ^ a b McDonald, Patrick Range (January 30, 2008). "Obama's Gay Gold Mine". LA Weekly. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  6. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (February 26, 2011). "Jeremy Bernard: Washington's New Power Broker". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  7. ^ Baker, Peter (2018-06-24). "Postcards from another era: Obama team memoirs flood the market". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  8. ^ "Ex-White House staffers reveal Bush and Obama's best jokes". New York Post. 2018-01-06. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  9. ^ "Former White House social secretaries discuss 'Treating People Well' | WTOP". WTOP. 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
Political offices
Preceded by
Julianna Smoot
White House Social Secretary
Succeeded by
Deesha Dyer