Charity Wallace serves as the Director of the Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. As the director, Wallace is responsible for setting the vision and creating the programming for the Women’s Initiative, including the empowerment of women in the Middle East. As the Initiative cuts across all Institute programs, Wallace works closely with the directors of each area of engagement to ensure that a focus on women and girls is a central component in every program.
Most recently, Wallace served as the Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush. In her role, Wallace managed the team that supports Mrs. Bush and oversaw Mrs. Bush’s initiatives - from her wide ranging policy agenda to her recent book tour. Wallace oversaw all policies and initiatives championed by Mrs. Bush as First Lady of the United States, including international and domestic policies related to education and literacy, human rights, women’s empowerment, health, historic preservation, national parks, and arts and culture. In addition, Wallace served as Mrs. Bush’s representative, when appropriate, to various organizations and individuals that may be related to Mrs. Bush’s policy initiatives or interests.
Wallace was the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States during the George W. Bush Administration. As Deputy Chief, Wallace served as the chief operating officer of the Office of the Chief of Protocol, as well as Acting Chief of Protocol in the absence of the Chief. In this role, Wallace oversaw the visits of chiefs of state, heads of government and other international dignitaries who were in the United States to meet with the President, Vice President or Secretary of State. She also accompanied delegations representing the President at official ceremonies abroad.
Wallace created a new Outreach division within the Office of the Chief of Protocol. The Outreach division operated as the public diplomacy arm which served the diplomatic corps assigned to Washington, DC. Wallace established “Experience America” trips, designed to engage the diplomatic corps through travels to various regions of the United Stated by highlighting companies and industries of particular relevance and interest to the diplomats. Due to their enormous success, these trips continue in the Obama Administration.
Prior to working in the Office of the Chief of Protocol, Wallace served for three years as the Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush. In this role, she was responsible for the execution of Mrs. Bush's 300-plus annual events outside the White House and served as her primary negotiator, and protocol and logistics advisor for all foreign trips as well as domestic visits. During her tenure, Wallace traveled to more than 60 countries, working with foreign leaders and officials and Embassy staff from around the world.
Wallace served in the Bush Administration from January 2001 to January 2009. In addition to her time at the U.S. Department of State and Mrs. Bush’s office, Wallace held public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps.
Ms. Wallace sits on the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope, an organization that helps Afghan women rug weavers break the cycle of poverty by providing them steady income and access to education and healthcare. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray, which was released in 2011.
A native of California, Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations. Ms. Wallace began a career in professional musical theater prior to joining the Bush campaign.