Join the George & Barbara Bush Foundation for an exciting virtual event to discuss

Wine and the White House: A History

featuring Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

Publisher & CEO of the Washington Post, Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute, and Chairman of the White House Historical Association

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

6:00pm ET | 5:00pm CT

Fred Ryan Headshot

Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., publisher and CEO of the Washington Post, has been an aficionado of both wine and White House history for most of his life. Growing up in Italy and California, he developed an early interest in wine and its production and has extensively studied winemaking and its history in the years since. He has been fortunate to develop friendships with winemakers across the globe, to travel to most of the world’s great wine regions, and even to participate in a joint winemaking venture in Napa Valley.

Ryan’s fascination with wine parallels his lifelong interest in the American presidency. He served in a senior staff position in the Ronald Reagan White House and as Reagan’s post-presidential chief of staff. As a media executive in Washington, D.C., he has had a front-row seat to presidential history as it has been made by subsequent administrations.

Ryan currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the White House Historical Association, of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and of the Wine Committee of the Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C. He is the editor of Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of the Great Communicator (1995), and Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator (2001).

Ryan lives with his wife Genevieve in the Washington, D.C., area, where they have raised their three daughters, Genevieve, Madeline, and Caroline.


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