Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Guest List, State Dinner With Mexico - Updated

With special note of those involved in food initiatives...
The list of the 200 expected guests for the State Dinner includes
Cabinet Secretaries, a Supreme Court Justice, White House officials and lawmakers, a few sports stars, a smattering of Hollywood celebs, and notable Latin American journalists. There's also a big contingent of people who are somehow involved in that area of White House activity that is the subject of this blog: Food.

The full list is below, but here's the crib sheet for non-DC notables. The photo, above, was added after the guest list was released: It's the Obamas and Calderóns, during the formal arrival for the dinner, on the North Portico.

Food related
Notable guests come encompass a wide scope of food initiatives, from an urban farming expert to food producers, hunger advocates and organized farm labor leaders, as well as those who work to combat obesity.

*Newark Mayor Cory Booker, whom Mrs. Obama has lauded for his city's approach to combating childhood obesity, arrived with Gayle King as his date. He spoke at the official launch of Let's Move! on February 9, 2009, when Mrs. Obama introduced her campaign to the nation.

*Will Allen, urban farmer and CEO of Growing Power, also spoke at the Launch of Let's Move!. His non-profit is focused on imporving food access, and he has created pathbreaking techniques for urban farming that get high yields using sustainable resources, and limited space. He is on the 2010 Time 100 list, and is a MacArthur Fellow.

*Scott Schenkelberg, Executive Director, Miriam's Kitchen,Washington, DC, the model social services agency that provides daily meals for the local homeless population. Miriam's has a close association with the White House: Staff regularly volunteers there, and it receives produce from the Kitchen Garden.

*Lindsey Buss, President and CEO, Martha's Table, Washington, DC. Last Thanksgiving, the entire Obama family packed holiday meals at Martha's Table. Both Buss and Schenkelberg have also advised the White House on hunger initiatives.

*Dolores C. Huerta, Delores Huerta Foundation. Huerta is seated at the President's table for the dinner. She co-founded United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, whom President Obama honored with a special proclamation on March 31.

*Mr. Robert I. Unanue, President, Goya Foods, Secaucus, NJ. Goya has become the largest Hispanic-owned food business in the US and the Unanue family are the second richest Hispanic family in the United States, with a net worth of $750 million.

*Mr. Reynaldo Robledo, CEO Robledo Vineyards Managment, LLC, Mexico. The winery also has operations in Sonoma County, California.

*Mr. Joe Hansen, President, United Food and Commercial Workers Int'l, Washington, DC.

Hollywood notables
*Comedian/Actress W
hoopi Goldberg

*Actress Eva Longoria Parker

*Comedian George Lopez

Both Lopez and Longoria Parker have previously been at the White House, for the Fiesta Latina.

Sports notables
Shani Davis. The speed skating star and gold medal Winter Olympian joined Mrs. Obama for a Let's Move! event a few weeks ago at a DC elementary school.

*D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Mark Sanchez, both of
the New York Jets.
*Photo by Obama Foodorama

The State Dinner Guest List

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, White House Communications
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 María, 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, Office of Chief of Staff

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, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

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, NSA, 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, New York Jets

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, Office of Chief of Staff, West Wing, Washington, DC

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