Hope Hicks, 28, is a contender for the White House communications director position in President Donald Trump’s administration, even though she had no prior political experience before joining the campaign. She is currently one of Trump’s youngest advisers, having supported the president “from the beginning,” and is serving as the interim communications director.
As reported by Business Insider, Hicks was born in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is a former model, actress, and lacrosse player who earned a degree in English from Southern Methodist University.
Initially, Hicks wasn’t planning on taking on such a large role in the administration and originally became associated with the campaign when she accepted a job with the Trump Organization.
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Hicks, along with her sister, Mary Grace, was a teen model. She has previously posed for Ralph Lauren and was featured as a cover model on the book “The It Girl,” a spin-off of the popular “Gossip Girl” novels and television series.
She began working with the Trump family in 2012 when she was employed at Hiltzik Strategies, a public relations firm that worked on Ivanka Trump’s fashion line. In 2014, she was hired and joined the Trump Organization.
According to an interview with Ivanka in 2016, Hicks met Trump and quickly “earned his trust.” The then presidential candidate had Hicks join the campaign in January 2015. Hicks stated that Trump told her, “I think it’s ‘the year of the outsider.’ It helps to have people with outsider perspective.”
While Hicks had no formal experience in politics, she possessed extensive knowledge in the area of public relations. Her father was the executive vice president for communications and public relations with the NFL, and both of her grandfathers had worked in the field.
Hicks began working on Trump’s campaign five months before he announced his candidacy.
During the campaign, Hicks was responsible for fielding questions and requests from reporters and was even said to have taken dictation from Trump to post tweets. At that time, she resided in an apartment in a Trump building for free.
Now, Hicks spends the majority of her time in DC. She was named Trump’s assistant to the president and served as the director of strategic communications beginning in December.
When salary information for White House staffers was released in June, it showed that Hicks made the most out of all of Trump’s aides, receiving an annual salary of $179,700, rivaling the pay of Reince Priebus during his time as the chief of staff along with Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and former press secretary Sean Spicer.
Trump requested Hicks take the position as the interim White House director of communications in August, a position that has been held by Michael Dubke, Sean Spicer, and Anthony Scaramucci during Trump’s first six months in office. Hicks is the youngest person to hold the communications director title in history.
Though Trump has made significant changes to his staff during the time Hicks has been associated with the Trump Organization, she has managed to remain in his inner circle throughout.
Trump has referred to Hicks as a “natural” and called her work “outstanding.”