Angella Reid

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Angella Reid
10th White House Chief Usher
In office
October 4, 2011 – May 5, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byStephen W. Rochon
Succeeded byTimothy Harleth
Personal details
BornSaint Thomas Parish, Jamaica

Angella Reid served as the White House Chief Usher from October 2011, in the Obama Administration, until her dismissal in May 2017 from the Trump Administration. She was the first woman to hold this position.[1]


Reid was born in Saint Thomas Parish, Jamaica, and attended high school in Kingston, Jamaica, before emigrating to the United States.[2]

Prior to becoming White House Chief Usher, Reid amassed over 25 years of experience in hotel management with Ritz-Carlton, managing properties in Miami, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia.[1][3]

As White House Chief Usher, Reid was responsible for management of White House operations in collaboration with several organizations, including the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the White House Curator, and the National Park Service.[4]

Reid was recognized at the 2012 Grio Awards.[5]

Reid was dismissed as chief usher in May 2017. The abrupt firing was unusual for a White House Chief Usher. The position is one which does not typically change with administrations.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b c Parker, Ashley (May 5, 2017). "White House fires its chief usher — the first woman in that job". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Silvera, Janet (5 October 2011). "Jamaican named White House chief usher". The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited. A member of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  3. ^ Nayer, Melanie (5 October 2011). "White House taps Ritz-Carlton GM for "Chief Usher"". Archived from the original on 9 December 2011.
  4. ^ "White House Announces New Chief Usher, Angella Reid".
  5. ^ TheGrio's 100: Angella Reid, from The Ritz-Carlton to the White House as first female chief usher ( 31,2012)
  6. ^ Vega, Cecilia; Santucci, John; Mallin, Alexander; Fishel, Justin; Stryuk, Ryan (6 May 2017). "First female White House chief usher fired due to 'issues' with staff, sources say". Archived from the original on 8 May 2017.