This is historical material “frozen in time”. The website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work.

Search form

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Expected Attendees at Tonight's State Dinner and Head Table Seating

Below is a list of expected attendees at tonight’s State Dinner, followed by the list for the head table:

The President & First Lady Michelle Obama

His Excellency Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico and Mrs. Margarita Zavala
      Mr. Michael Adler, Miami Beach, FL
              Mrs. Judy Adler
      Mr. Javier Alatorre, Mexico
      Mr. Will Allen, Growing Power, Oak Creek, WI
              Ms. Cynthia Allen
      Ms. Adrienne Arsht, Washington, DC
      The Honorable David Axelrod, Senior Advisor, The White House
              Mrs. Susan Axelrod
      The Honorable Xavier Becerra, House of Representatives
              Dr. Carolina Reyes
      The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States
      Dr. Jill Biden
      Mr. Dennis Blair, Director, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
             Mrs. Diane Blair
      The Honorable Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, Office of the Vice President
      The Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, Newark, NJ
              Ms. Gayle King, New York, NY
      The Honorable John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Deputy National Security Advisor for Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Council
              Mrs. Katherine Brennan
      Mr. Lindsey Buss, President and CEO, Martha's Table, Washington, DC
              Mrs. Betina Franceschini
      Mr. Charles Cawley, Camden, ME
              Mrs. Julie Cawley
      Mr. Kenneth Chenault, Amex, New York, NY
              Mrs. Kathryn Chenault
      The Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary of the Department of Energy, Washington, DC
              Mrs. Jean Chu
      The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State
      Secretary Ernesto Cordero, Secretary of Finance and Public Credit
      Mr. Shani Davis, Chicago, IL
              Mr. Jae Su Chun
      Mr. José Díaz-Balart, Telemundo, Hialeah, FL
              Mrs. Brenda Díaz-Balart
      The Honorable Chris Dodd, United States Senate
              Mrs. Jackie Clegg Dodd
      The Honorable Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President, Deputy National Security Advisor, NSC
              Ms. Cathy Russell, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden
      Ms. María Elena Durazo, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Los Angeles, CA
              Mr. Henry Tamarin, Chicago, IL
      Mr. Don Edwards, Chicago, IL
              Mrs. Anne Edwards
      Mr. Carlos Elizondo Mayer-Serra, Mexico
      The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to the President
              Ms. Amy Rule
      Mr. John B Emerson, Beverly Hills, CA
              Ms. Kimberly K Marteau
      Ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
      Ms. Giselle Fernandez, Los Angeles, CA
              Ms. Karen Gordon
      Mr. Jorge Fernández Menéndez, Mexico
      Ms. Patricia Flores, Head of the Office of the President, Mexico
      Mr. David Friedman, Longmont, CO
              Ms. Shawna Friedman
      The Honorable Mike Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, NSC
              Ms. Nancy Goodman
      The Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC
              Mrs. Becky Gates
      The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury, Washington, DC
              Mrs. Carole Geithner
      Mr. Leo Gerard, President, United Steel Workers, Washington, DC
              Mr. Gerald Fernandez
      Ms. Whoopi Goldberg, Whoop Productions, New York, NY
              Mr. Thomas Leonardis 
      Ms. Maria Gomez, Mary's Center, Washington, DC
              Mr. Michael Rexrode
      Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont, Mexican Interior Secretary
      Mr. James Gorman, Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
              Mrs. Penny Gorman
      Mr. Joe Hansen, President, United Food and Commercial Workers Int'l, Washington, DC
              Ms. Bonnie Lou Ladin
      Ms. Jane Hartley, CEO, Observatory Group, New York, NY
              Mr. Ralph Schlosstein, New York, NY
      The Honorable Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, Department of Justice, Washington, DC
              Dr. Sharon Malone, MD
      The Honorable Steny Hoyer, United States Representative
              Ms. Kathleen May
      Ms. Dolores C Huerta, Delores Huerta Foundation, Bakersfield, CA
      The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
      Mr. James L Jones
              Mrs. Diane Jones, McLean, VA
      The Honorable Tim Kaine, Richmond, VA
              Ms. Anne Holton
      Justice Anthony Kennedy, Washington, DC
              Mrs. Mary Kennedy
      The Honorable Pat Kennedy, Under Secretary, Management, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
              Ms. Elizabeth Swope
      The Honorable R. Gil Kerlikowske, Washington, DC
              Ms. Anna Laszlo
      The Honorable Ron Kirk, USTR, Washington, DC
              Ms. Elizabeth A Kirk
      The Honorable Raymond LaHood, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
              Mrs. Kathy LaHood
      Mr. David C Lizárraga, Los Angeles, CA
              Mrs. Yvonne Lizárraga
      Ms. Eva Longoria-Parker, Los Angeles, CA
              Mr. David Figueroa, Pasadena, CA
      Mr. George Lopez, Los Angeles, CA
              Mrs. Ann M Lopez, Toluca Lake, CA
      Mr. Joaquín López Dóriga, Mexico
      Ms. Monica Lozano, Publisher, La Opinion, Los Angeles, CA
              Mr. David Ayon
      The Honorable Capricia Marshall, Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
      The Honorable Iris Martinez, Hispanic Caucus Chair, Chicago, IL
      Mr. Tony Martinez, Brownsville, TX
              Mrs. Carla Martinez
      Mr. Thomas F. McLarty, President, McLarty Associates, Washington, DC
      Mr. Eliseo Medina, Oxnard, CA
              Ms. Liza Medina
      The Honorable Robert Menendez, United States Senate
              Ms. Gwendolyn Beck
      The Honorable Jim Messina, Deputy Chief of Staff, The White House 
              Ms. Ana Elizabeth Himelic
      Dr. Mario Molina, Department of Chemistry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
              Ms. Guadalupe Limón
      Mr. Brian Moynihan, Bank of America, Boston, MA
              Ms. Susan Berry
      Admiral Michael G Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Arlington, VA
              Mrs. Deborah Mullen
      The Honorable Cecilia Muñoz, Directory of Intergovernmental Affairs, The White House
      The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC
      Senator Carlos Navarrete, President of the Senate, Mexico
      Mr. Kevin O'Reilly, Director for North America, National Security Staff, NSC
      The Honorable Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management & Budget
              Ms. Bianna Golodryga
      Mrs. Valerie Owens, Kennett Square, PA
              Mr. Jack Owens
      Congresswoman Beatriz Paredes, President of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Mexico
      The Honorable Carlos Pascual, Ambassador to Mexico
              Ms. Gabriela Rojas Jimenez
      The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, United States Representative and Speaker of the House
              Mr. Paul Pelosi
      The Honorable Federico Peña, Denver, CO
              Ms. Neila J Peña
     The Honorable John Pérez, Speaker of the House, State of California, Sacramento, CA
              Mr. Jason Seifer
      Mr. Victor Pérez, Hoy, Chicago, IL
              Miss Agape Pappas
      Congressman Francisco Ramírez Acuña, President of the House of Representatives, Mexico
      Mr. Jorge Ramos, Univision, Miami, FL
      The Honorable Harry Reid, United States Senate
              Mrs. Landra Reid
      Mr. Dan Restrepo, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, NSC, Washington, DC
      The Honorable Silvestre Reyes, United States Representative
              Mrs. Carolina Reyes
     The Honorable Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, New York, NY
              Mr. Ian Cameron, New York, NY
     The Honorable Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
             Ms. Vesta Richardson
      Mrs. Marian Robinson
      Mr. Reynaldo Robledo, CEO Robledo Vineyards Managment, LLC,, Mexico
      Mr. Luis Rubio, Mexico
      Mr. Jesse Ruiz, Dinker Biddle and Reath LLP, Chicago, IL
              Mrs. Michele Ilene Ruiz
      Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Mateos, Secretary of Economy
      The Honorable Kenneth Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Washington, DC
      Mrs. María Elena Salinas, Univision, Miami, FL
              Mr. Manuel Machado
      Mr. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, Florham Park, NJ
             D'Brickashaw Ferguson 
     Mr. Arturo Sarukahn, Ambassador, Embassy of Mexico, Washington, DC
              Mrs. Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan
     Mr. Scott Schenkelberg, Executive Director, Miriam's Kitchen, Washington, DC
             Mrs. Susan Gillespie
      The Honorable Susan Sher, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady 
      Mr. Carlos Slim, América Móvil, Inbursa, Grupo Carso, Mexico
     The Honorable Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor, Department of Labor, Washington, DC
             Mr. Sam Sayyad, El Monte, CA
     Mr. Andy Spahn, Los Angeles, CA
             Jennifer L Perry
     The Honorable Jim Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State, Washington, DC
              Ms. Sherburne B. Abbott
     Mr. Tom Strickland, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

     The Honorable (Dr.) Larry Summers, Director, National Economic Council
              Ruth Summers
      The Honorable Mona Sutphen, Deputy Chief of Staff, The White House
             Mr. Clyde Williams
      Ms. Ana Claudia Talancón, Mexico
      Mr. Dennis Toner, Wilmington, DE
              Mrs. Ann Toner
      Mr. Robert I Unanue, President, Goya Foods, Secaucus, NJ
              Ms. Elizabeth Unanue
      Mr. Guillermo Valdés, Director General of the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN), Mexico
      The Honorable Arturo A. Valenzuela, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
             Ms. Kathryne Mudge
      Mr. Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Los Angeles, CA
              Mrs. María Vargas
      The Honorable Nydia Velázquez, United States Representative
              Mr. Dennis Rivera
      The Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
              Ms. Prisila Rodriguez
      Mrs. Alexa Wesner, Austin, TX
              Mr. Blaine Wesner, Reston, VA
      Mr. Frank White, Jr., Washington, DC
              Ms. Sylvia Denise Davis
      Mr. Wellington Wilson, Olympia Fields, IL
              Mrs. Kaye Wilson
     Mr. Robert Wolf, Purchase, NY
              Mrs. Carol Wolf
      Mr. Lorenzo Zambrano, CEO CEMEX, Mexico
      Mr. John Zidich, Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ
              Mrs. Pamela Zidich

Seating Chart for Head Table beginning with the President and moving to his right. 

  • The Honorable Barack Obama
  • First Lady Margarita Zavala
  • Mr. David Lizárraga
  • Mrs. Mary Kennedy
  • Ms. Maria Elena Durazo
  • Mr. Jason Seifer
  • Mrs. Landra Reid
  • Mr. Henry Tamarin
  • Ms. Maria Elena Salinas
  • Mr. Frederico Peña
  • First Lady Michelle Obama
  • His Excellency Felipe Calderon Hinojosa
  • Ms. Dolores Huerta
  • Justice Anthony Kennedy
  • Mrs. Priscilla Lizarraga
  • Senator Iris Martinez
  • Senator Harry Reid
  • Mrs. Nelia Peña
  • The Honorable John Pérez
  • Representative Nydia Velázquez