Karna Small Bodman served six years in The White House for President Ronald Reagan, first as Deputy Press Secretary, later as Senior Director of the National Security Council.
When Ronald Reagan was elected President, he stood in front of Blair House and named Jim Brady as his Press Secretary with Karna as Jim’s Deputy. She had almost daily meetings with the President and traveled on Air Force One. She was also sent to South America and the Far East to give speeches to government, business and student groups on the President’s economic priorities.
Next, Karna was named Senior Director and spokesman for the National Security Council. She attended arms control talks with the Soviets and traveled with the team that briefed the leaders of Great Britain, France and Italy as well as Pope John Paul II. Those were “evil empire” days, so it was a unique experience to chat with the Soviet Union’s General Secretary Gorbachev at that first Summit meeting in Geneva.
When Karna left The White House to become Senior Vice President of a Public Affairs firm, she was the highest ranking woman on The White House staff.
Today, Karna is an award-winning author of 5 international thrillers. TRUST BUT VERIFY, is her latest White House National Security Series novel.
Join The Honorable Karna Small Bodman and me on Tuesday, December 18, 10-11 A.M. CT US. We will be having a conversation about her life’s journey, and her recently released international thriller novel, Trust But Verify!