Joanne Drake joined the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute staff in January of 2005 and is currently Chief Administrative Officer.
In addition to managing all administrative aspects of the foundation, Ms. Drake serves as the spokesperson for former first lady Nancy Reagan, and is coordinating the upcoming major museum/exhibits renovation that will open in 2011. Ms. Drake serves as the liaison between foundation and federal Archives staff, coordinates staffing resources, budgeting, and serves as the Reagan family representative to outside organizations and for all aspects of foundation projects. She was the project director for the publication of President Reagan’s personal diaries and recent projects honoring our 40th president with permanent statues in Washington, D.C. She has served as President Reagan’s family representative for review and clearance of all Reagan Presidential materials.
From January 1995-December 2004, Ms. Drake served as Chief of Staff and Official Spokesperson in the Office of Ronald Reagan. She was responsible for overseeing all of President and Mrs. Reagan's affairs, including domestic and international issues, government relations, political affairs and public relations. As Chief of Staff, she represented President Reagan to government agencies throughout the U.S. and abroad, while also supporting the activities of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation. In June of 2004, she served as the national coordinator for all of the state funeral services for President Reagan, traveling with the family from California to Washington, D.C.
Ms. Drake has served in various senior positions with President Reagan since 1984 when she joined the Reagan/Bush reelection campaign in Washington, D.C., assigned to the Ethnic Voters and Special Groups Division. Following President Reagan’s successful reelection, Ms. Drake assisted with the operations of the 50th American Presidential Inaugural Committee. In January of 1985, President Reagan appointed her to his White House staff in the Office of Presidential Advance, where she served throughout his presidency as the Assistant Director for Trip Coordination. In 1989, Ms. Drake returned to California with the former president, where she first served as Director of Advance and then became his Chief of Staff.
Ms. Drake is married with two daughters.