Secretary, Cathedral Chapter
Gwendolyn King is President of Podium Prose, a speakers bureau and speechwriting service, in Washington, D.C. Prior to her launch of the company, Mrs. King was Senior Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs for PECO Energy Company (formerly Philadelphia Electric Company) from 1992 until her retirement in February 1998. From 1989 to 1992, she served as the 11th Commissioner of the Social Security Administration under President George H.W. Bush.
Mrs. King served as Deputy Assistant and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House from 1986 to 1988 under President Reagan and was appointed to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Commission on the Social Security Notch Issue, and by President George W. Bush to the Presidential Commission to Strengthen Social Security. Prior to her Presidential appointments, Mrs. King directed the Pennsylvania Governor’s Washington, D.C. office, following her service as senior legislative assistant to Sen. John Heinz (R-PA). Mrs. King was a Founding Partner of The Directors’ Council. She is a former director of Lockheed Martin Corporation and Monsanto Company, and served on the board of Marsh and McLennan Companies and as a trustee of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mrs. King graduated from Howard University and did graduate work at George Washington University. She is married to Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King. The couple has endowed a Chair in Public Policy at Howard University.