She met the pope and Miss Piggy, kept President Obama on schedule and taught the leader of the free world how to “Zot!”

For three years, UCI alumna Ferial Govashiri was a whirlwind at the Oval Office, where she served as the commander in chief’s personal assistant and occasional chess opponent.

President Barack Obama and UCI alumna Ferial Govashiri, who served as his personal aide, walk through the Green Room at the White House. Pete Souza / The White House

President Barack Obama and UCI alumna Ferial Govashiri, who served as his personal aide, walk through the Green Room at the White House.
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