The Washington Post is reporting that Angella Reid has been appointed the White House's chief usher. Currently general manager of the Ritz-Carlton at Pentagon City, Reid will run the household staff and grounds at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — a job that has led to some long tenures.
Born in Jamaica, Reid will be only the ninth usher since 1885, and the first woman. The last usher, Stephen W. Rochon, left this year to join the Department of Homeland Security, the White House said. Reid holds a degree in hospitality management from the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft School in Munich.
As chief usher, she will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the operations and activities within the Executive Residence and on the Executive Residence grounds. Reid will also work closely with the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts to preserve the history of the residence.
Congratulations to Reid, who is breaking new ground at the White House while helping to maintain its historic significance.
Read more at the Washington Post.
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