About Speaker Peggy Grande…
Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1989 – 1999 and Author of “The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan’s Final Years”.
President Ronald Reagan chose Peggy Grande to work at his side for 10 years, and together they created a powerful partnership. Serving as his post-presidency Executive Assistant, Peggy was the liaison between Ronald Reagan personally and his staff, the public, local dignitaries and world leaders. She ensured that his events, travel, personal and political relationships and day to day operations were handled efficiently and effectively. She had a front row seat to history and got to know Ronald Reagan the man, not just the president.
She drafted and managed correspondence for his original signature, reviewed invitations, scheduled visitors, appointments and phone calls and attended to a wide range of office and personal needs. Peggy traveled with him regularly and was also his post-presidency official photographer which gave her a behind the scenes view of his private interactions with everyone from the general public to heads of state, including Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Brian Mulroney, Helmut Kohl and even a saint – Mother Teresa. Peggy witnessed first-hand leadership on display at its highest and best. It was the honor of a lifetime for her to have known and worked closely with one of the greatest political figures of our era.
Starting in the Office of Ronald Reagan as a college student and quickly earning her way into a coveted role as the president’s Executive Assistant, Peggy offers an unparalleled perspective on the postpresidency of a political icon, revealing a unique, private side to a public figure and world leader. She shows how Ronald Reagan remained true to core beliefs, gentlemanly kindness, and undying hope for this country to the very end.
Her book, “The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan’s Final Years” is an affectionate and intimate memoir based on Peggy’s decade working for him after he left the White House. From the viewpoint of an insider, she shares behind-the-scenes stories and candid photographs, humorous moments, and poignant insights into one of America’s most beloved presidents.
Peggy is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Organizational Communications and Business. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their four diverse and accomplished children.