The White House announced on June 3 that the First Lady’s Chief of Staff Jackie Norris is stepping down to become senior adviser to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). There was no reason given for her resignation.
Susan Sher, a longtime colleague and friend of the First Lady’s, has been promoted as her new chief of staff. The First Lady released a statement on the moves, included below:
Statement from Mrs. Michelle Obama:
“Jackie Norris has been a colleague and friend since the earliest days of the Iowa campaign. She has built a strong organization in the East Wing and made tremendous progress on issues that are important to me and the President, particularly in the area of national service. In assuming the role as senior adviser to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Jackie will work closely with my office and the administration as we move forward to implement the new Serve America Act and we will continue to count on Jackie’s leadership and passion for this cause.
Susan Sher is a trusted adviser, longtime mentor and friend dating back to my work at the City of Chicago and later the University of Chicago. Since the beginning of this administration, Susan has served as a senior member of the East Wing and West Wing teams providing legal counsel, working as a member of the health care reform task force and leading Jewish outreach, and her transition to chief of staff will be seamless.”