Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post is reporting that the Obama White House is naming Jeremy Bernard as the White House social secretary. Bernard will be the first man to hold the position as well as the first out gay person to do so.
Bernard, along with his then partner Rufus Gifford, were early supporters of President Obama doing quite a bit of fundraising for him in California. Bernard subsequently went to work for the Obama administration as the White House liaison at the National Endowment for the Humanities and then became the Senior Advisor to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
About Bernard’s appointment, President Obama said “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. 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.” (Statement via Towleroad.)