A California native, Laurie G. Firestone, has followed a high profile career in politics and fundraising. In 1980, Vice President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, selected Laurie Firestone to take on the role of Social Secretary for the Vice President’s Office. Later, in 1988, Laurie was named White House Social Secretary by the President and Barbara Bush. Her duties included planning and executing state dinners, luncheons, and receptions for the President and First Lady. President Bush also appointed Laurie to represent the US and lead a Delegation to Mauritius.
In 1993, Laurie co-founded the event planning firm Firestone & Korth, Ltd. The company built an impressive list of corporate and bipartisan political clients. In addition, the firm managed special events for the first President Bush, President Ford, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
In 1998 Laurie assumed the position of Director of Development for the Office of Regional Programs and Special Projects, University of Southern California Advancement, in Orange County and San Diego. Currently, Laurie is the Senior Director of Volunteer Programs at UCSF (University of California San Francisco).
Since her time with the Bush administration, Laurie has made numerous public appearances including the role of protocol analyst on MSNBC & CNN, color commentator for C-SPAN Television Network’s coverage of a White House State Dinner, and discussing White House entertaining on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” For the film The American President, Castlerock Entertainment asked Laurie Firestone to be their White House consultant.
Laurie is a frequent public speaker at various organizations across the country including: Presidential Libraries, Fortune 500 corporate events, and various social organizations. Laurie received the 2009 Hubble Award of Initiative at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, MS.
Laurie is the author of “An Affair to Remember ~ State Dinners for Home Entertaining”. She serves on the Board of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation and served on the Presidents Committee for Arts and Humanities for eight years for President George W. Bush. Throughout her career Laurie has been closely associated with several civic and charitable organizations. She is the mother of four and grandmother of eleven.