Peggy Grande   -  Volunteer Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Peggy Grande

Peggy Grande worked for President Ronald Reagan from 1989-1999 during his post-presidency years in Los Angeles.  As the Personal Assistant to Ronald Reagan for six of those ten years, she worked closely with the president on a daily basis, acting as the liaison between him and his staff, the public, dignitaries and world leaders.  Peggy drafted and managed correspondence under Ronald Reagan’s original signature, reviewed invitations, scheduled visits, appointments and phone calls and attended to a wide range of office and personal needs.  She was responsible for greeting and briefing visitors prior to meeting President Reagan, ensuring that appointments stayed on schedule and ran smoothly.   Peggy also directed the internship program for the Office of Ronald Reagan, assisted with event planning and advance work, and helped with the establishment of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.  Coordinating black tie events, editing speeches and book copy, Peggy often accompanied the President on travel and served as the president’s personal photographer for office visits and events.

Continuously involved with the Reagan Foundation for the past two decades in a variety of capacities, including assisting with the President’s interment, Peggy helped complete a centennial book published by Harper Collins and served as a full time consultant for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration in 2011.   During the Reagan Centennial, Peggy oversaw the Reagan entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade and helped coordinate academic symposia with university partners all across the nation.  She facilitated logistics involved in the Centennial birthday weekend, including the Concert for America, military ceremonies and donor events and was involved in implementing both celebratory and substantive events all across the nation throughout the year. 

Serving on faculty for The Leadership Institute, Peggy travels the country sharing her “front row seat of history” with young people and passing on the leadership lessons she learned directly from Ronald Reagan.  She also has been instrumental in the writing and development of educational curriculum for distribution to middle school and high school students nationwide.

A graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Organizational Communications and Business, Peggy has studied two languages and traveled to 20 countries, and never could have imagined the professional opportunities and personal blessings which have come her way.  In addition to her continuous demanding work and travel schedule, she enjoys the support of her husband of over 20 years and their busy household of four diverse and accomplished children.