Fox News Latino
By Pablo Manriquez
February 23, 2015
In the West Wing of the White House, Leah Katz-Hernandez communicates with the first couple in a way that few others, even the president’s most trusted advisers, ever do.
Katz-Hernandez, who is deaf, is the new receptionist of the United States, or what those in Washington like to abbreviate as ROTUS (a play on POTUS – president of the United States). She grew bicoastal, raised by a Jewish mother and a Mexican-American father in Connecticut, frequently visiting her father’s family in California.
After working in the Chicago headquarters of Obama’s re-election campaign, she moved to Washington, D.C., and was hired as an assistant in the first lady’s office.
“It was my first week on the job,” Katz-Hernandez, 27, told Fox News Latino. “I was having lunch at my desk when a staffer from the West Wing came by and said, ‘I want to introduce you to the First Lady.’ The next thing I know the First Lady is standing in front of me. She said, ‘Hi, my name is…’ and then she finger-spelled her name. It was really a wonderful moment. I knew I’d arrived in a great place and felt really motivated to work hard for her.”
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Thanks to Fairfax County Public Library
NVRC OPEN HOUSE
When: November 2, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Northern Virginia Resource Center
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA 22030
DIRECTIONS to NVRC
Come celebrate with us!
- Visit our Demo Room, learn about the Virginia Technology Assistance Program
- Meet our staff to learn about our outreach, interpreter and technology programs and our advocacy successes
- Tour NVRC’s offices with members of our Board of Directors and Ambassadors' Club
- Enjoy light refreshments and fun raffles
- Register for an ASL class or schedule an educational program
Come see why NVRC has been the area's leading non-profit
for people with hearing loss for 25 years!
Interpreters and CART (live captions) will be available.