Please join South Florida alumni, parents, and friends for a lunchtime
Faculty on the Road event featuring Anita McBride, School of Public
Affairs Executive in Residence and former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush, and an interactive discussion about the impact of first ladies on policy, politics, and diplomacy.
$20 per person includes a buffet lunch.
Anita B. McBride
is Executive-in-Residence at the Center for
Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs
at American University in Washington, DC. She directs programming and
national conferences on the legacies of America’s first ladies and their
historical influence on politics, policy and global diplomacy.
previously served as assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of
staff to First Lady Laura Bush from 2005 to 2009, directing the staff’s
work on the wide variety of domestic and global initiatives in which
Mrs. Bush was involved. She had primary responsibility for the First
Lady’s efforts to support US foreign policy objectives in human rights,
women’s empowerment, global health and human freedom. She directed Mrs.
Bush’s travel to 67 countries in 4 years including historic visits to
Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Thai-Burma border.
White House service spans two decades and three presidential
administrations, including as Director of White House Personnel under
Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush; and as Director of the
U.S. Speaker's Bureau at the United States Information Agency.
under President George W. Bush, Mrs. McBride served as a special
assistant for White House Management; as senior advisor in the U.S.
Department of State's Bureau of International Organizations and as the
State Department's White House liaison.
She is co-director of the
RAND African First Ladies Initiative and Fellowship program, a program
that partners with Africa’s first ladies, supporting their efforts to
become champions of change for health and education in their countries
as well as train their staff and advisors in various strategies for
establishing and managing an effective First Lady’s office.
is a senior advisor to the George W. Bush Institute as well as a
strategic consultant to global non-profit organizations. She is a member
of several organizations, including the US Afghan Women's Council, the
J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the White House