October 24, 2014

Tina Tchen to become Michelle Obama's Chief of Staff

Tina Tchen, who was Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement, and was Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, will be moving to the East Wing. She will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Council in her new position.

I think this is a good fit, since the First Lady’s interest has been in healthy kids, healthy lives issues, and Tchen used to work at the Illinois Dept of Children and Family Services and the IL Dept of Public Aid.

But FLOTUS says it best:
“When selecting a replacement, I looked for someone who had the right experience to lead my team and am grateful to bring on Tina, whom I’ve known and respected for 20 years. Tina’s success leading the Office of Public Engagement, reaching out to people across the country and encouraging Americans from all walks of life to feel connected to this White House, makes her uniquely qualified to step up to this position. I look forward to working with her in the years ahead to develop effective strategies for the Let’s Move! campaign, to broaden our work on behalf of military families, to continue the arts and cultural events in the White House, and to advance our international agenda.”

Not sure if this would be the first time that the position has been filled by an Asian American but it would be cool. Congrats Tina!

–Caroline

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