Jeremy Bernard to step down as White House social secretary

Jeremy Bernard and Hilary Rosen

“One of the White House’s most beloved staff members has been telling close friends the buzz is true: He is leaving the East Wing. Jeremy Bernard, White House social secretary, bon vivant, party maestro and trusted member of the Obama inner circle is set to officially announce his departure in the next few weeks.”

Read more via politico.com: Jeremy Bernard to step down as White House social secretary

New White House Briefing Room seating chart

seating_chart_with_logosThe White House Briefing Room seating chart was released Tuesday by the White House Correspondents’ Association. USA Today White House reporter, Gregory Korte, created this visualization of the room.

“The White House Correspondents’ Association recently made adjustments to the briefing seating chart, promoting some news organizations and instituting seat-sharing arrangements for others. The calculus that goes into the assignments is part tenure, part audience and part commitment to the White House beat. News organizations that don’t show up every day will find another reporter sitting in its seat; miss enough briefings and the seat may be lost permanently.”

One of the biggest updates: “Newcomers Buzzfeed and Al Jazeera get partial seats through seat-sharing arrangements with Scripps-Howard News Service and the Chicago Sun-Times, respectively.”

Read more via USA Today: Here’s the new White House briefing room seating chart

Glenn Thrush named chief political correspondent at Politico

“Glenn Thrush has been promoted to Politico’s chief political correspondent and will take a major role in the outlet’s coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a memo sent to staff Tuesday from editor Susan Glasser.

Thrush, a senior staff writer at Politico Magazine, will immediately “begin filing news, scoops and more in the news cycle as well for us,” according to the memo. He will also be the host of “Off Message,” a podcast dedicated to offering “a smart, unvarnished take on 2016.”

Read more via poynter.org: Glenn Thrush named chief political correspondent at Politico

Google's Sam Smith to Christie PAC

2016 PLAYERS — SAM SMITH to Christie – NYT’s Michael Barbaro: “Christie…has recruited Samantha Smith, a senior manager on Google’s global communications and policy team in Washington. Ms. Smith, 28, worked on Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and as press secretary and campaign communications director for Senator Richard M. Burr…At Leadership Matters for America, Mr. Christie’s PAC, she will be charged with shaping the message of a potential presidential campaign defined by a big personality and faced with serious hurdles.” Read more.

Carney to Amazon

Former White House press secretary, Jay Carney, joins Amazon on Monday as senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs. The new position brings the e-commerce giant’s worldwide public relations and public policy shops into one department under Carney. He’ll split his time between Seattle HQ and the D.C. office, where Amazon veteran Paul Misener will continue to run the company’s lobbying efforts. Misener and P.R. chief Craig Berman will now report to Carney, who in turn will report directly to CEO Jeff Bezos. Carney will give up his post-White House perch as a senior political analyst on CNN to focus full time on Amazon.

Blue Star Families 5th Anniversary Celebration

Last night, Blue Star Families celebrated its 5th Anniversary with an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The event recognized Mark Johnson, 2015 Blue Star Neighbor of the Year, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces nationwide initiative, and The Creative Coalition.

Sheila Casey, Chairman BSF Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer of The Hill, and Connie Milstein, Founding BSF Board Member and Principal and Co-founder of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC were the event co-chairs. Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor and reporter and author of In an Instant, emceed the presentations.

“What started as a passionate discussion across Facebook and Skype between military family members has grown into a vibrant and meaningful mission for Blue Star Families and our members,” explains Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO. “Our goal is to strengthen military families and our nation by connecting communities and fostering leadership. Thanks to our extraordinary partnerships, such as those with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative and The Creative Coalition, we are mobilizing hundreds of thousands of military family members to engage with programs and resources that improve their lives, enhancing careers for those married to a service member, producing nationally-recognized research, and connecting America to the military.”

Blue Star Families serves 1.5 million military family members annually through its programs and resources with 50 chapters at home and overseas. Each of its programs, including Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Caregivers Empowering Caregivers, Blue Star Careers, and Military Family Lifestyle Survey depends on the partnership of caring civilian organizations, institutions, and individuals.