Lea Berman is the creator of America’s Table, a blog about food and entertaining with White House. She began her career at Georgetown University’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she worked for Henry Kissinger. She had her own event planning and political fundraising firm for a number of years, was a fulltime mother for ten years, and worked at the White House from 2001-2007 first as Social Secretary to the Vice President, then Chief of Staff to the Second Lady, and for her final two years as White House Social Secretary. She was the subject of a Washington Post profile, “An Inviting Presence,” in 2005; wrote an editorial in the Washington Post about civility in 2011; and was the subject of a chapter of John Harwood and Gerald Seib’s 2008 book Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power. In February 2016 she was featured in a Washington Post article called “What Really Happened at those Georgetown Dinner Parties.” She gives speeches about her White House experience, has lectured at the White House Historical Association, provided oral histories for the White House Historical Association, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Southern Methodist University’s Presidential Studies program, and is featured in an ongoing exhibit at the Bush Library. She appears on the Fox News morning show, Fox and Friends, to talk about her White House experiences.
Lea is the co-author of Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life with Jeremy Bernard.