This panel discussion focused on the role of the First Lady of the United States.
ps&l 2014 cover croppedPanelists discussed the contributions, both individually and collectively, that our First Ladies made while living in the White House and how their legacies continue long after a presidential administration.

Key takeaway messages :

  • The shared roles as White House Social Secretaries placed them in that special nexus coordinating both the First Lady and the President’s public events at the executive mansion.
  • They each served in different times and under unique circumstances but there are no doubt experiences that are relatable.

Session Chair: Stephanie S. Streett, Clinton Foundation

Moderator: Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Social Secretary for the Clinton Administration


  • Bess Abell, Social Secretary for the Johnson Administration;
  • Maria Downs, Social Secretary for the Ford Administration;
  • Julianna Smoot, Social Secretary for the Obama Administration;
  • Ann Stock, Social Secretary for the Clinton Administration;
  • Amy Zantzinger, Social Secretary for the George W. Bush Administration

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