First Posted: Jun 25, 2013 03:34 PM EDT

(Photo : Reuters/Jason Reed)

María Cristina González Noguera has been chosen to be Michelle Obama's new Communications Director and special assistant, says

The Puerto Rican native will take on her new role as head of the first lady's office in July, replacing Kristina Schake, who is leaving for an undisclosed private sector job, according to

Gozález Noguera will be assuming this new challenge after leaving her former job as an executive for the Estée Lauder makeup company, where she worked for eight years. Prior to that, she had been the Managing Director for the strategic communications firm Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates (CLS), a position she attained after being in the firm for six years. She has also worked for a year as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Banco Popular (Popular Securities). A graduate from Tufts University (Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and Affairs), the new first lady's assistant is married and has a one-year-old son.

Mrs. Obama referred to Schake's departure from her office on a press release.

"Kristina has been an essential and valued advisor to me over the past two and a half years. Her expertise in strategic planning and her creativity have been invaluable not just to me but to the entire Administration and I am truly grateful for her leadership and counsel. While she will be greatly missed at the White House, the impact of her work will be lasting. While Kristina leaves big shoes to fill, MC (María Cristina) brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of expertise that will make her an incredible asset to our team. My time at the White House has been focused on ensuring all our children and families thrive, and as an experienced communications professional who shares my commitment to this mission, I know MC will be an outstanding partner", she said.

Schake also expressed her gratitude and loyalty towards the First Lady in a press release that read: "It has been an honor to work for such a genuine and thoughtful leader. Mrs. Obama is improving the lives of children and families across the country, and she is doing it with her own signature sense of grace, compassion, exuberance and fun. It has been an extraordinary honor to have served the First Lady and the President."

According to, the White House spending fiscal year filings confirm that Schake was paid the amount of $114,000 for each of the two years she worked for the First Lady.

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