White House communications director Hope Hicks is resigning and will depart in the next few weeks, the White House says.
Hicks, who has been working with the president for three years, managed to stay in his orbit even after many others had been pushed out. The 29-year-old former model had a knack for maintaining a low profile in recent years. She was often photographed with other White House aides but almost never spoke before microphones.
Hicks was serving as the White House's director of strategic communications when she was named interim communications director in August. That followed the days-long tenure of Anthony Scaramucci and the departure of multiple other communications directors.
Hicks graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she played lacrosse for four years. Her career started in 2012, when she joined the public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies.The firm's founder, Matthew Hiltzik, has worked for Hillary Clinton.
Her dad, Paul Hicks III, was a top executive at a PR firm and the NFL's executive vice president of communications before his current job: managing director at the Glover Park Group. Paul Hicks, her late grandfather, was vice president and general manager of public relations for Texaco.
In February 2018, Hicks met with House members investigating Russian interference with the election, but according to the Washington Post, she refused to answer questions about anything that had happened since the inauguration.