Director of Scheduling for former President Barack Obama
Hard work, resilience, and unrelenting optimism are the foundations on which the life and career of Gregory Lorjuste have been built. As the Director of Scheduling for former President Barack Obama, Gregory is a quiet force known for his unique ability to solve problems with advanced efficiency, leadership, and finesse.
The son of Haitian immigrants on a quest for greater opportunities for their 9 children, Gregory’s journey toward serving two U.S. Presidents before the age of 30 is both unconventional and quintessentially American. A scrappy kid from the streets of Irvington, NJ by way of Brooklyn, NY, he chose to attend college as a strategy for escaping the environment of crime and poverty in which his community was immersed.
With plans to become a teacher, he pursued a degree in Elementary Education and American Studies at Rider University. While there, his knack for leadership was revealed through his involvement and membership in programs and organizations such as the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Student Government Association, the Black Student Union, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Collectively, those experiences were transformative for Gregory and ignited in him a passion for public service, affecting change, and uplifting the community.
His greatest call to service to date would come in a role that would literally impact the world. As the Deputy Assistant and Director of Scheduling for former President Barack Obama, Gregory was responsible for managing the leader of the free world’s most valuable asset—his time. Lorjuste first joined the Obama Administration in 2009 as a Scheduler, after previously holding a similar position for former President Clinton’s Harlem-based Clinton Foundation.
A master in strategic planning, coordination, and logistics, Gregory oversaw the planning and execution of a wide range of events from the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugural ceremonies to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, where 58 world leaders were in attendance. He also accompanied the President on visits to over 30 countries, including Afghanistan, China, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the historic trip to Cuba in 2016, scheduling the most intricate of details along the way.
Gregory has been featured in the Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Slate, BET, The Root, and Teen Vogue for his remarkable career and lifelong dedication to public service. In 2014, he received the Rider University Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, and was also awarded a 2015 Sigma Image Award by his fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, Inc.
Fueled by a determination to empower others to achieve the impossible, Gregory regularly gives supercharged and highly impactful talks and presentations across the country. A proud participant in former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, Lorjuste now uses the stage as his classroom, as he seeks to teach others, especially urban youth, how to obliterate obstacles standing in the way of their goals and dreams.
Above his extensive list of accomplishments, it’s his roles as husband and father that Gregory is most proud of. He and his wife Kimberly raise their two children with similar guiding principles he was raised with—that hard work can take you far beyond your wildest dreams, and a life of public service and a healthy contribution to society can become your greatest legacy.