|White House Director of Strategic Communications|
January 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Born||Hope Charlotte Hicks
October 21, 1988
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
|Alma mater||Southern Methodist University
Hope Charlotte Hicks (born October 21, 1988) is an American public relations executive. She is the current White House Director of Strategic Communications and is President Donald J. Trump's longest-serving political aide. She previously served as the press secretary and early communications director for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, as well as the national press secretary for his presidential transition team. 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."
As an employee of PR firm Hiltzik Strategies, Hicks began working with Ivanka Trump on her fashion line in 2012, and then on other Trump ventures. In August 2014 she joined the Trump Organization full-time. Donald Trump earmarked her for the role of press secretary in January 2015 when planning for a potential presidential run. After Trump's first primary victories, Hicks was asked to make a choice between staying with the Trump Organization or fully pledging herself to the campaign. Her initial decision was to leave the campaign, but Trump convinced her to remain and she has stayed on as press secretary. On December 22, 2016 Hicks was announced to become part of the Trump Administration as the Director of Strategic Communications.
Hicks grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, did teen modeling and attended Greenwich High School. She is the daughter of Caye Ann (Cavender) and Paul Burton Hicks III, who was an executive vice-president of communications for the NFL.[excessive citations]
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.