The Full Guest List for Biden’s State Dinner With Kenya

The White House invited more than 450 guests to the state dinner hosted by President Biden for President William Ruto on Thursday night, including business executives, musicians, leaders of the United Nations, community organizers and scholars on sustainable development.

Former President Barack Obama also attended the event, although he was not included on a list of those invited provided by the White House. Here is the full list of others invited.



Alice P. Albright, chief executive of Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Gregory B. Bowes

Elizabeth E. Alexander, communications director for the first lady, and David Wade

Lazarus Amayo, Kenyan ambassador to the United States, and Nelly Amayo

Franklin O. Amoo and Zainab Usman

Semhar Araia and Binaifer Nowrojee

Shavon Arline-Bradley and Andrew Benjamin Bradley

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Charlene Austin

Andrew Awili

Audrey Azoulay and Eliot Minchenberg

Eric H. Baker, co-founder of StubHub, and Nicole Cooper Baker

John R. Bass, acting under secretary of state for political affairs, and Holly Holzer Bass

Rye Barcott and Tracy Barcott

Joy Basu, deputy assistant secretary for the Africa Bureau at the State Department

John B. Bellinger and Dawn Bellinger

Anthony Bernal, senior adviser to the first lady

Hildy Kuryk Bernstein and Jarrod Bernstein

Stephen K. Benjamin, White House director of public engagement, and DeAndrea G. Benjamin

Hunter Biden and Melissa Cohen Biden

Naomi Biden Neal and Peter Neal

Sara Biden and Judy Hauth

Finnegan Biden

Natalie Biden and Rafael Hajjar

Maggie Biruri and Cyrus B. Mugo

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Evan Ryan, assistant to the president and cabinet secretary

Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, and Carolyn Booker

David Bonderman and Christa Campbell

Keisha Lance Bottoms, former mayor of Atlanta and member of the President’s Export Council, and Langston W. Bottoms

Albert Bourla and Myriam Alchanati

Donna Brazile and Johnnie Carson

Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Sharene Brown

Frances Z. Brown, senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council, and Brendan Gough

John Hope Bryant and Chaitra Bryant

LeVar Burton, actor, and Stephanie Cozart Burton

Bill Burns, director of the C.I. A., and Elizabeth Burns

Ursula Burns and Paul Keary

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Buttigieg

Melanie Lanette Campbell and Sarah McKenzie

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell, and Lael Brainard, director of the National Economic Council

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, and Myrna Cardin

Robert Clark and Jane Clark

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Kenneth Cooper and Gina Cooper

Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, and John Coons

Elizabeth Cousens and Bruce Jones

John A. Costa and Shawn Costa

Leah D. Daughtry and Lorenzo Daughtry Chambers

Mayor Andre Dickens of Atlanta and Tracy Wilson Mourning

Jen O’Malley Dillon and Patrick Dillon

Michael Donilon and Patricia Donilon

Frances Draper and Andre Draper

Aden Duale, cabinet secretary for defense, Kenya

Jotaka Eaddy and Raheem DeVaughn

Enoh T. Ebong, director of the U.S. Trade Development Agency and Thamar Harrigan

John B. Emerson and Kimberly Marteau Emerson

Carlos E. Elizondo, social secretary to the president, and Mark W. Dumas

Representative Veronica Escobar, Democrat of Texas, and Eloisa Pleters Escobar

Eric Fears and Kenyatta Stephens

Stefanie Feldman, staff secretary to the president, and Dale Alton

Jon Finer, deputy national security adviser, and T.J. Fadel

Tina Flournoy and Cornell Belcher

William Frist and Tracy Frist

Kamau Gachigi and Gathoni Kamau

Mayor Kate Gallego of Phoenix and Mark Weinberg

Mark Gallogly and Lise Strickler

Representative John Garamendi, Democrat of California, and Patricia Garamendi

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Lynn Rosenman Garland

Melinda French Gates and Rory Gates

Wawa Gatheru and Annie Gatheru

Helene Gayle and Stephen Keith

Joshua Geltzer, deputy counsel to the president and legal adviser to the National Security Council, and Katherine Boone

Suzy George, chief of staff to the secretary of state, and Nate Tibbits

Rufus Gifford and Dr. Stephen DeVincent

Ron Gillyard and Shelly Gillyard

Tony Githinji

Roger Goodell, National Football League commissioner, and Jane Goodell

Shuwanza Goff, director of legislative affairs for the president, and Jamie Fleet

Dr. Patricia Gordon and Daniel McLoon

Philip Gordon, national security adviser to the vice president, and Noah Gordon

Chandler Goule and Derek Howard

Whitney Gravelle and Rachel Lyons

Deb Haaland, secretary of the interior, and Naomie Germain

William Haber and Heike Sommer Haber

Martha Haile and Johnathan Edmund

Avril D. Haines, director of national intelligence, and David Davighi

Noordin Haji, director general of the National Intelligence Service, Kenya

Nick Hanauer and Leslie Hanauer

Vice President Kamala D. Harris and Douglas C. Emhoff

Patricia Harris and Mark Lebow

Gov. Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Joanna Lydgate

Damon T. Hewitt and Melissa Hewitt

Lester Holt, anchor, NBC Nightly News, and Carol Hagen-Holt

Representative Steven Horsford, Democrat of Nevada, and Rene Spellman

Lisa P. Jackson and Alisha Johnson Wilder

Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, and Kennisandra Jeffries

Mayor Brandon Johnson of Chicago and Stacie Johnson

Mayor Cavalier Johnson of Milwaukee and Dominique Johnson

Mayor Garnett L. Johnson of Augusta, Ga., and Toni Seals-Johnson

Monica Juma, national security adviser, Kenya

Paula Kahumbu

Josephine F. Kalipeni and Winnie Nyawira Thuo

Adili Kea and Collin Hatcher

Maj. Gen. Gary W. Keefe and Allison Keefe

Everett B. Kelley and Liz Kelley

Allan Kilavuka

Jessica Killin, chief of staff to the second gentleman, and Raj Date

Christopher Kirigua, deputy chief of mission at the Kenyan Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Boniface Kiome

Jennifer Klein, director of the White House Gender Policy Council, and Jacob Stern

Robert N. Klein and Danielle Guttman Klein

Chris K. Kiptoo, principal secretary of the Kenya National Treasury

Anthony Kimani Ichung’wah, member of the Kenyan National Assembly

Barbara Kingsolver, author, and Steven L. Hopp

Caroline Kipsanai

Adil Khawaja

Christopher G. Korge and Wyn Graham Bradley

Elizabeth Koskei

Timothy Krop

Deniece Laurent-Mantey and the Rev. Henry Laurent-Mantey

Ben LaBolt, White House communications director, and Dean Lieberman

Jeff Lawson and Dr. Erica Lawson

DeDe Lea, executive vice president at ViacomCBS, and Dr. Dallas Lea

Representative Barbara Lee, Democrat of California, and Simone Lee

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary

Reta Jo Lewis, president and chairwoman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and Ulysses Curry

David Lane and Garrett Lam

Linda Lipsen and Stephen Stoltz

Daniel Lubetzky and Dr. Michelle Lubetzky

Claire Lucas and Judy Dlugacz

Mayor Vi Lyles of Charlotte, N.C., and Viola Alexander-Young

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and Manuel Cordova

Sitoyo Lopokoiyit

Austin Lowes, chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Sally Mahihu

Ken Martin and Rebecca Kanninen

Cecily Mbarire, governor of Embu County, Kenya

Representative Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas, and Catherine McCaul

John Bearden McAdory and Kendra Cross McAdory

Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, and Kimberly Osborne

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie and Vashti-Jasmine Saint-Jean

Don McLean, singer and songwriter, and Paris Dunn

Mark McManus and Nancy McManus

Doug McMillon, president and chief executive of Walmart, and Shelley McMillon

Representative Gregory W. Meeks, Democrat of New York, and Simone-Marie Meeks

Ed Meier, associate director for national security programs at the National Security Council, and Amy Ward-Meier

Gov. Janet Mills of Maine and Cameron Shay

Cheryl Mills and Bryant Welters

Rebecca Miano, cabinet secretary for investments, trade and industry, Kenya

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and chief executive of Morehouse School of Medicine, and Melvin Rice

Ryan Montoya, White House director of scheduling and advance, and Joelle Terry

Former Mayor Marc Morial of New Orleans and Michelle Miller

Jesse Moore

Musalia Mudavadi, prime cabinet secretary and cabinet secretary for foreign and diaspora affairs, Kenya

Hussein Mohamed Gure

Adan Mohamed, chief of strategy execution, Kenya

Former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Democrat of Illinois, and Souad Boudairi Dalil

Peter Muchiri

Librata Muhati

Philip Munger and Hala Matar

Philana Mugyenyi and Magdalene Kariuki

James Mwangi, chief executive of Equity Group Holdings

Rosalyn Nandwa

Peter Mwendwa

Scott Nathan and Laura DeBonis

Representative Richard E. Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts

Brian Nelson, under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, and Lane Dilg

Sheila Nix and James Coughlan

Joseph Nganga and Gladys Chi

Peter Ndegwa, chief executive of Safaricom

David Ndii, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Kenya

Representative Joe Neguse, Democrat of Colorado

Janai Nelson and Tona Boyd

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technologies, and Yehuda Neuberger

Njuguna Ndung’u, cabinet secretary for Treasury and Planning, Kenya

Brian A. Nichols, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, and Geri Kam

Dave Noble, director of management and administration, and Jeff Marootian

John Nkengasong, global AIDS coordinator, State Department, and Susan Nkengasong

Gladys Nyasuna

Isis Nyong’o Madison and Christopher Madison

Jehiel Oliver and Wintta Woldemariam

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, president of the One Campaign, and Danai Gurira, actress

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, and Tim Mynett

Kwame Onwuachi, chef, and Jewel Robinson

Peter R. Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Bianna Golodryga

Luisa Ortega, president of Africa operations at Coca-Cola, and Karyn Harrington

Lazar Palnick and Alpha Lillstrom

Jeffrey Peck and Lisa Vigdor-Peck

Sean Penn, actor, and Ann Lee

Tom Perez, director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Susana Perez

John Podesta, senior adviser to the president for clean energy innovation and implementation, and Karen Elizabeth Skelton

Michael Polsky and Emily Fleming

Ruth Porat, president and chief investment officer at Alphabet and Google, and Anthony Paduano

Samantha Power, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Cass Sunstein

Natalie Quillian, White House deputy chief of staff, and Ryan Quillian

Bryan Rafanelli and Mark Walsh

Gina Raimondo, commerce secretary, and Thomas Raimondo

Kelly L. Razzouk, senior director for democracy on the National Security Council, and Michel Diwan

Bruce Reed, White House deputy chief of staff, and Bonnie LePard

Wayne Reynolds and Catherine B. Reynolds

Katherine Rice and Jennifer Watt

Steve Ricchetti, counselor to the president, and Amy Ricchetti

Cedric L. Richmond, senior adviser to the Democratic National Committee, and Raquel Richmond

David Risher and Jennifer Risher

British A. Robinson and Lisa Walker

Ethan Rosenzweig, acting chief of protocol at the State Department

Richard Ruffner, director of Oval Office operations, and Sally Marx

Cullie Ruto

June Ruto

Stephanie Ruto

April Ryan and James William Ewing

Nancy Salamba

Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal

Symone Sanders-Townsend and Shawn J. Townsend

Augustine Sang

Mark Schuster and Audrey Schuster

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, homeland security adviser and deputy national security adviser, and Dr. Jeffrey Randall

Chaplain John Scott and Gwen Scott

Adam Silver and Maggie Grise

Al Sicard and Dr. Kshamica Nimalasuriya Sicard

Rajiv Shah and Shivam Mallick Shah

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Aisha McShaw

Mia Seder and Adam Kaufman

Korir SingOei, principal foreign affairs secretary, Kenya

Gretchen Sisson and Andrew McCollum

Edward N. Siskel, White House counsel, and Dana Remus

Harry Evans Sloan and Florence Sloan

Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne

Gayle Smith and John James Spears

Jake Snow and Matthew Donoghue

Alexander Soros and Huma Abedin

Steven Spinner and Dr. Robert Spinner

Liesbet Steer and Andrew Steer

Darnell Strom and Michaela Coel

Jake Sullivan, national security adviser, and Maggie Goodlander

Darlene Superville and Jordan Moreno

Dr. Julius Suubi

Mark Suzman and Katherine Switz

Katherine Tai, U.S. trade representative, and Robert Skidmore

Louisa Terrell and Alan Field

Christian L. Tom, White House director of digital strategy, and Erika C. Tom

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. representative to the United Nations, and Lafayette Greenfield II

Sandra L. Thurman and Cornelius Baker

Philip Thigo, special envoy on technology, Kenya, and Kate Idwasi

Adrianne Todman, acting secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Maya Wesby

AnnMarie Tomasini, White House deputy chief of staff, and Renee Tomasini

Soipan Tuya, secretary for environment, climate change and forestry, Kenya

Masai Ujiri and Ramatu Ujiri

Wilmer Valderrama and Amanda Pacheco Rhinesmith

Richard Verma, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, and Dylan Verma

Lorraine Voles, chief of staff to the vice president, and Dan Smith

Darren Walker and Holly Peterson

Caroline A. Wanga and Barkue Tubman

Anne Waiguru, chair of the Council of Governors, Kenya

John Waiguru

Catherine Wambui

Opiyo Wandayi, member of the Kenya National Assembly

Senator Raphael Warnock, Democrat of Georgia, and Donna Byrd

Nicholas Weinstock and Amanda Weinstock

Michael Weinstein, founder of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Tom Myers

Kathleen Welch and Dr. Shelley Hearne

Meg Whitman, U.S. ambassador to Kenya, and Dr. Griffith Harsh

Maya Wiley, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Carol Joyner

John Eddie Williams

Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Brad Paisley

Shawn Yancy and Jax Wiseman

Kevin Young and Cora Hixon-Day

Shalanda Young, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Kendell LeBray

Kneeland Youngblood and Sharon Youngblood

Jeff Zients, White House chief of staff, and Joshua Zients

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