|Evelyn Lieberman '66 giving commencement address in 2014|
Evelyn Lieberman '66, Buffalo State graduate and former White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, will speak on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center about her experience working with the biggest names in American politics. Lieberman, who is currently the Director of Communications and External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., was also an Assistant to First Lady Hillary Clinton, the Press Secretary to then-Senator Joe Biden, and Adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
This 2015 Dr. Paul G. Bulger Lecture, titled "This American Life" is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session.
Lieberman was the first woman to be named White House deputy chief of staff, during which time she was a key adviser to both President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff Leon Panetta. Lieberman's presentation will offer inspiring stories and recollections from a remarkable life in public service.
After earning her bachelor's degree in education from Buffalo State, Lieberman taught high school English in Hicksville, New York for four years, but an unforeseen move to Washington, D.C. prompted a career change. There, she worked in public relations positions at the Housing Opportunity Council, the National Urban Coalition, and the Children's Defense Fund, before accepting an invitation to serve as press secretary to then-Senator Biden, and launching her career in government.
Lieberman, who received an honorary doctorate from Buffalo State in 2014, says: "In truth, I've been incredibly lucky. The life I've been given has been a huge gift. Here's this poor girl from Brooklyn who has had extraordinary opportunities and great encouragement from others. And I believe it's my responsibility to provide the same encouragement to others."