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First Lady Michelle Obama is pictured here in her official White House portrait.

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Updated February 06, 2014

Michelle Obama's staff consisted of 18 employees who got paid nearly $1.5 million in salary in 2010, according to the administration's Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff.

The size of Michelle Obama's 2010 staff is comparable to the staff of former First Lady Laura Bush in 2008. Both First Ladies had 15 staffers directly under them, plus three more in the Office of the White House Social Secretary. The 15 employees who were members of Michelle Obama's staff in the Office of the First Lady were paid $1,198,870 in 2010.

See also: What Does the White House Social Secretary Do?

Three more staffers worked in the Office of the Social Secretary, which is under the jurisdiction of the Office of the First Lady; they earned a total of $282,600, the administration's Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff stated.

Laura Bush had 18 staffers as well.

Since 1995, the White House has been required to deliver a report to Congress listing the title and salary of every White House Office employee.

List of Michelle Obama's Staff

Here is a list of Michelle Obama's staff and their salaries in 2010. To see the annual salaries of other top U.S. government officials go here.

  • Natalie F. Bookey Baker, executive assistant to the chief of staff to the first lady, $45,000;
  • Alan O. Fitts, deputy director of advance and trip director for the first lady, $61,200;
  • Jocelyn C. Frey, deputy assistant to the president and director of policy and projects for the first lady, $140,000;
  • Jennifer Goodman, deputy director of scheduling and events coordinator for the first lady, $63,240;
  • Deilia A.L. Jackson, deputy associate director of correspondence for the first lady, $42,000;
  • Kristen E. Jarvis, special assistant for scheduling and traveling aide to the first lady, $51,000;
  • Camille Y. Johnston, special assistant to the president and director of communications for the first lady, $102,000;
  • Tyler A. Lechtenberg, director of correspondence for the first lady, $50,000;
  • Catherine M. Lelyveld, director and press secretary to the first lady, $85,680;
  • Dana M. Lewis, special assistant and personal aide to the first lady, $66,000;
  • Trooper Sanders, deputy director of policy and projects for the first lady, $85,000;
  • Susan S. Sher, assistant to the president and chief of staff and counsel to the first lady, $172,200;
  • Frances M. Starkey, director of scheduling and advance for the first lady, $80,000;
  • Semonti M. Stevens, associate director and deputy press secretary to the first lady, $53,550;
  • and Melissa Winter, special assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to the first lady, $102,000.

Other Michelle Obama Staff

The White House social secretary is responsible for planning and coordinating all social events and entertaining of guests - a sort of Event Planner in Chief for the president and first lady, if you will.

See also: Has There Ever Been a Male White House Social Secretary?

The White House social secretary works for the first lady and serves as head of the White House Social Office, which plans everything from the casual and educational student workshops to elegant and sophisticated state dinners welcoming world leaders.

In the Office of White House Social Secretary were the following staffers:

  • Erinn J. Burnough, deputy director and deputy social secretary, $66,300;
  • Joseph B. Reinstein, deputy director and deputy social secretary, $66,300;
  • and Julianna S. Smoot, deputy assistant to the president and White House social secretary, $150,000.

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