Hope Charlotte Hicks is an American public relation consultant and former model. She is the outgoing White House Communications Director who serves under President Donald Trump. A native of Connecticut, Hicks graduated college with a degree in English and began her professional life as a public relation officer at the New York City firm Zeno Group. In 2012, she was hired by Hiltzik Strategies, where she met Ivanka Trump, who was one of the company’s most valued clients, for the first time. Two years later, in August 2014, she started working for Ivanka inside the Trump Tower. She began working under Donald Trump himself within a month. Hicks became one of Trump’s most trusted advisors soon after and when the possibility of a presidential campaign came up, Trump considered her as the ideal choice for his press secretary. Following Trump’s initial victories, she chose to work on the campaign full time. She subsequently served as the communications director for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the national press secretary for his presidential transition team, and the White House Director of Strategic Communications—a role created for her—between January and September 2017. After her predecessor Anthony Scaramucci resigned, she became the interim White House Communications Director in August. One of the staunchest Trump loyalists, there were already several accusations levelled against her, when on February 27, 2018, in congressional testimony, she confessed to lying on the current US President’s behalf. A day later, her intention of resigning was announced.
Childhood & Early Life
Hope Hicks was born on October 21, 1988, in Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S., to Caye Ann Hicks (née Cavender) and Paul Burton Hicks III. Hicks III served as the CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide as well as the executive vice president of communications for the National Football League from 2010 to 2015. He was later appointed the managing director of the Glover Park Group. Hope has an older sister named Mary Grace.
She ventured into the world of modelling as a teenager and was featured in ‘Greenwich’ magazine in 2002. She and Mary were part of a Ralph Lauren campaign. Besides these, she was also the face of Barbara Robertson’s ‘Hourglass Adventures’ novels and appeared on the cover of ‘The It Girl’ (2005), the first in a series of novels by Cecily von Ziegesar.
Hicks studied at the Greenwich High School. After graduating in 2006, she enrolled at the Southern Methodist University, from where she received a degree in English in 2010. She had been playing lacrosse since school and played an important role in founding a lacrosse team at her college.
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After completing her education, Hope Hicks began working in the New York City firm Zeno Group. In 2012, she took a job at the public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies. She was introduced to the firm’s founder at an NFL Super Bowl event, which led to her working with some of the high profile clients of the company, including Ivanka Trump. Hicks collaborated with Ivanka on her fashion line and later on other Trump initiatives.
She became a full-time Trump Organization employee in August 2014. Initially, most of her assignments involved directly working with Ivanka inside the Trump Tower. Not only did she put considerable efforts into expanding the brand, but she also modelled for the online store. In October, she was appointed under Donald Trump himself in the Trump Organisation.
Donald Trump had been planning to run for the US Presidential office from a long while, and in January 2015, he picked Hicks as the press secretary for his potential campaign. She had never before worked in politics or served on a campaign. However, when Trump’s campaign began to gain traction following his first primary victories, Hicks was offered two choices: she could either remain with the Trump Organization or begin working on the campaign full-time. Though initially she chose to decline the proposal of staying on the campaign, a personal conversation with Donald Trump reversed her decision.
During the campaign, her jobs included being a gatekeeper to press members who wanted to interview the presidential candidate, sieving through over 250 requests a day and deciding which members of the press were to be allowed to speak to Donald Trump.
She also wrote down Trumps’ dictation for his tweets, and later conveyed them to another person who posted them on Trump’s official account. Her hectic schedule eventually caused a breakup with her boyfriend with whom she had been in a relationship for four years.
After Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States of America, Hicks’ name was mentioned as one of the members of the administration on December 22, 2016. A new position was created for her, the White House Director of Strategic Communications.
On August 16, 2017, she became the interim White House Communications Director following the resignation of Anthony Scaramucci. During this period, she was cited as the “Untouchable Hope Hicks” due to her being considered as one of the selected few White House officials whose jobs were secure. About a month later, on 12 September, she was made the permanent White House Communications Director.
Hicks appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on February 27, 2018. In her closed-door testimony that lasted nine hours, she reportedly admittedly to telling white lies during her tenure as a communications director, but refused to discuss her work for the White House. The following day, her plans to resign were corroborated by the White House.
Hope Hicks’ personal life is considered somewhat controversial. She had once been in a relationship with Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, a married man. After things ended between them, she started seeing former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, a man who had to resign from his position after he was accused of physical and emotional abuse by his two ex-wives.