Hope Hicks

Last updated on 21 November 2017

Hope Charlotte Hicks (born October 21, 1988) is an American communications and public relations consultant and former model who is the current White House Communications Director for President Donald Trump.[1] From January to September 2017, she served as White House Director of Strategic Communications, a role created for her. She previously served as the press secretary and early communications director for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, as well as the national press secretary for his presidential transition team,[2][3] and before that was an employee of The Trump Organization. She is Trump's longest-serving political aide.[4][5]

In January 2017, Hicks was included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.[6]

Hope Hicks
Hope Hicks November 2017.jpg
White House Director of Communications
Assumed office
August 16, 2017
Acting: August 16, 2017 – September 12, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Anthony Scaramucci
White House Director of Strategic Communications
In office
January 20, 2017 – September 12, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Mercedes Schlapp
Personal details
Born Hope Charlotte Hicks
October 21, 1988
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Southern Methodist University (BA)

Early life and education

Hicks is the daughter of Caye Ann (Cavender) Hicks and Paul Burton Hicks III. She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut.[7][8][9]

Hicks was a teenage model, including for a Ralph Lauren campaign, with her older sister Mary Grace and was the face of the Hourglass Adventures novels about a time-traveling 10-year-old.[4] She was the cover model for The It Girl (2005), the first novel in the series by Cecily von Ziegesar.[10]

She attended Greenwich High School, where she was co-captain of the lacrosse team, and graduated in 2006.[7][11][12] She attended Southern Methodist University, where she majored in English and played on a club lacrosse program she helped start. She graduated in 2010.[7][4][13]

Career

Hicks started in public relations with the New York City firm, Zeno Group.[14]

Hicks began working for public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies in 2012, working for its client Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's daughter, on her fashion line, and then on other Trump ventures.[7]

In August 2014 she joined The Trump Organization full-time.[15] Hicks worked for Ivanka Trump inside Trump Tower, helping expand her fashion label (the Ivanka Trump Collection) and modeling for her online store.[16]

Five months later, Donald Trump earmarked Hicks, who was 26 years old at the time, for the role of press secretary in January 2015 when planning for his potential presidential run.[17][18] Donald Trump summoned her to his office and, as she tells it, "Mr. Trump looked at me and said, 'I'm thinking about running for president, and you're going to be my press secretary.'"[16] Until that time, she had never worked in politics, nor volunteered on a campaign.[19] After Trump's first primary victories, Hicks was asked to choose between staying with the Trump Organization or working on the campaign full time. She initially decided to leave the campaign, but Trump convinced her to remain and she stayed on as press secretary.[7]

During the campaign, she played the role of gatekeeper to press members who wanted to speak with Trump, handling over 250 requests a day, and deciding which reporters would be allowed to speak with him.[8][19] Hicks also took dictation from Trump for his tweets, and then sent the text to another person in the Trump organization who actually sent out the tweets from Trump's official account.[16][20] When in New York City, she would spend most of her day sitting in Trump's office, handling inquiries from the press and taking dictation from him to tweet.[21] The demands of the campaign took a personal toll, as they caused a breakup between Hicks and her boyfriend of six years.[8]

On December 22, 2016, it was announced that Hicks would become part of the Trump Administration, in the newly created position of the White House Director of Strategic Communications. In January 2017, Hicks was included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, having "served as a one-woman press team for Trump's historic presidential campaign."[6]

In May 2017, in response to an article in The Washington Post that said that Trump had a habit of belittling those who work for him, Hicks issued the following statement:

President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him. He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people .... He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor ... and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.[22]

On August 16, 2017, she was made the interim White House Communications Director (the last Director having been Anthony Scaramucci). Politico labelled her the "Untouchable Hope Hicks," as she was considered one of the few White House officials whose job was safe, and she was one of only two White House communications officials who Scaramucci had announced were definitely staying when he was first hired.[23] She was appointed permanent White House Communications Director on September 12, 2017.[24]

Personal life

Hicks and her sister lived in Greenwich, but she splits her time between an apartment and a Trump-owned apartment in Manhattan. When Trump was elected, she moved to Washington, D.C.[12][19][21] Her father is a managing director at the Glover Park Group.[25]

References

  1. ^ Haberman, Maggie (September 12, 2017). "Hope Hicks Is Formally Named White House Communications Director". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Nelson, Rebecca. "Meet Donald Trump's 27-Year-Old Communications Director, Hope Hicks". Marie Clare. Archived from the original on January 28, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Nussbaum, Matthew. "Trump transition seeks distance from conservation fundraiser". Politico. Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Grynbaum, Michael (June 26, 2016). "The Woman Who 'Totally Understands' Donald Trump". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Dangremond, Sam. "15 Things You Should Know About Hope Hicks, Donald Trump's Director of Strategic Communications". Town&Country. Archived from the original on December 30, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Forbes 30 Under 30". Forbes. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e Nuzzi, Olivia (June 20, 2016). "The Mystifying Triumph of Hope Hicks, Donald Trump's Right-Hand Woman". GQ. Archived from the original on June 20, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Hope Hicks Facts – Who Is Trump's Strategic Communications Director Hope Hicks?
  9. ^ "Paul Hicks Weds Caye A. Cavender". The New York Times. May 16, 1982. Archived from the original on January 28, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Koman, Tess (June 21, 2016). "Here's Why Donald Trump's 27-Year-Old Press Secretary Looks So Familiar". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016.
  11. ^ Viser, Matt (November 10, 2016). "Hope Hicks Is Everything Her Boss Donald Trump Is Not". Town & Country. New York City. Retrieved November 23, 2016. At age 11 she and her older sister were hired to model for Ralph Lauren. Soon she was in the pages of national magazines and had a cameo on the soap opera Guiding Light. She became the face of the Hourglass Adventures, a series of novels for preteen girls featuring a 10-year-old who travels back in time.
  12. ^ a b "Hope & change: The breakout star of Trump’s campaign" Archived June 29, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.. Connecticut Post
  13. ^ "From the Mag: A Public Relation," Lacrosse Magazine
  14. ^ "Greenwich natives help Trump, Bush and Obama hone their message," Archived June 15, 2017, at the Wayback Machine. NewsTimes.
  15. ^ Viebeck, Elise (July 27, 2015). "Hope Hicks flies quietly in the eye of the Trump storm". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 2, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  16. ^ a b c "Hope Hicks and Kellyanne Conway – the women of Donald Trump's inner circle" Archived February 27, 2017, at the Wayback Machine., The Sydney Morning Herald
  17. ^ Sherman, Gabriel (April 3, 2016). "Operation Trump". New York. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  18. ^ Tucker, Reed (September 25, 2015). "Meet Trump's 26-year-old mystery woman". New York Post. Archived from the original on June 25, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  19. ^ a b c "Hope Hicks Was Responsible for an Important Line in the President's Speech Archived July 28, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.". Yahoo.
  20. ^ "14 Things to Know About Hope Hicks, Donald Trump's 27-Year-Old Former Model Press Secretary," Yahoo.com Archived June 4, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ a b "Inside the Unorthodox Donald Trump Campaign Archived June 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.". New York
  22. ^ Borchers, Callum. "This White House statement on Trump's 'positive energy' reads like a parody". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  23. ^ McBride, Jessica (August 16, 2017). "Hope Hicks & Donald Trump: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.
  24. ^ Ballhaus, Rebecca (September 12, 2017). "Hope Hicks Named Permanent White House Communications Director". The Wall Street Journal.
  25. ^ Sebastian, Michael (June 20, 2016). 14 Things To Know About Hope Hicks, Donald Trump's 27-Year-Old Former Model Press Secretary Archived June 21, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Cosmopolitan

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