Lilibet Hagel worked on the Capitol Hill in the 1980’s as press secretary for Congressman G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery (D-MS), before working as a free-lance writer and editor for trade associations and government agencies, followed by marketing manager for the American Society of Association Executives in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Hagel traveled extensively with her husband, current U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, throughout Europe and the Middle East. She also served as an election monitor with the International Republican Institute in Kiev, Ukraine, for the parliamentary elections in March 2006.
For the past ten years, she has worked as a volunteer instructor of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in McLean, VA. Prior to that, she was an adjunct English professor at Northern Virginia Community College. She also continues to work weekly as a volunteer tutor/mentor in the DC public schools, most recently at Ferebee Hope Elementary, as well as at the Boys and Girls Club, both located in Southeast DC.
BA and MA, Literature, American University, Washington, DC