In case you haven’t heard of her, Hope Hicks, 29, is President’s Donald Trump full-time White House communications director. Before joining his campaign in 2016, she had no political experience.
She was born in a Greenwich, a town of 60,000 on the southwest tip of Connecticut. She used to be a model, actress, and lacrosse player as a child before she got her English degree at Southern Methodist University.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 4, 2017
As a model, she posed for Ralph Lauren and appeared on the cover of It Girl.
She didn’t plan on playing such a huge role in a presidential campaign, instead falling into a gig through a job at the Trump Organization.
She is currently one of Trump’s youngest advisers, and she was promoted to communications director in September after she was named interim in August.
Hicks has been with Trump from the very beginning. She stuck on his campaign through a few staff revamps, including two high-profile changes at the campaign-chair position.
Hicks’ first contact with the Trumps came in 2012 when she was at the public-relations firm Hiltzik Strategies where she was working on Ivanka Trump’s fashion line.
Ivanka hired Hicks in 2014, and she became an employee of the Trump Organization.
‘Hicks met patriarch Trump and quickly earned his trust,’ Ivanka Trump told The New York Times for a June 2016 profile on the spokeswoman.
In January 2015, Trump called her into his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower and told her she was joining his presidential campaign.
‘I think it’s ‘the year of the outsider.’ It helps to have people with outsider perspective,’ Trump told her.
Hicks started working on what would become Trump’s campaign five months before Trump announced his presidency.
This way, Hicks became the first campaign staffer who has persisted in Trump’s inner circle the longest time.
During the campaign, she spent most of her days fielding reporters’ requests and questions. She was also taking dictation from Trump to post his tweets.
i think i can honestly say this is the first time i've heard hope hicks speak pic.twitter.com/HuidZhCNVk
— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 17, 2016
Hicks stayed in a free apartment in a Trump building, though she would often go home to her parents’ house in Connecticut.
Rumors say that she can act as a sort of Trump whisperer, understanding his many moods and professionally executing everything that needs to be done.
Trump asked Hicks to be the new interim White House director of communications in August.
This was a job that Michael Dubke, Sean Spicer, and Anthony Scaramucci held and left in Trump’s first six months in office.
The White House said it would announce the permanent choice for the position ‘at the appropriate time.’ In September, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it would be Hicks. The 29-year-old ex-model is the youngest White House communications director in history.