Stephanie Grisham
Deputy White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham (2nd from right) has been appointed communications director for Melania Trump. Above, Grisham attends listening session with White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller (left) and others, Feb. 14, 2017. Alex Wong/Getty Images

First Lady Melania Trump, who is still ensconced in her New York City Trump Tower penthouse rather than the White House, Monday appointed Stephanie Grisham to serve as her communications director.

Grisham is a veteran of media relations and press logistics. She currently is deputy White House press secretary and will move over to the first lady’s staff in coming weeks, the White House said.

"Stephanie is a wonderful addition to the team," the first lady said in a statement. "She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the job, and will be an incredible asset to my office as we build out our agenda, preserve our country’s rich traditions, and serve the American people.”

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Grisham said she is honored by the appointment and called Melania Trump’s life story an “inspiration to millions of mothers and female entrepreneurs, and to me personally” and looked forward to communicating “her unifying message of kindness and empowerment.”

Grisham, who joined the Trump campaign early on, served as director of traveling press during the presidential campaign, responsible for the press plane, which traveled separately from candidate Donald Trump.

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Grisham is from Arizona and was a former press secretary for the Arizona House of Representatives.

Melania Trump has made no public statements since her husband took office except for brief remarks at an inaugural ball, and reporters had no formal contact for her in the East Wing of the White House.

The first lady has made two other appointments: Lindsay Reynolds as her chief of staff and Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd as social secretary. Former Vogue events director Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has been acting as her senior adviser and chief strategist.

The first lady last month acknowledged she has taken a long time to put her team together.

“I am putting together a professional and highly-experienced team, which will take time to do properly. I am excited to be organizing and bringing together such a dynamic and forward thinking group of individuals who will work together to make our country better for everyone,” she said in a statement announcing Reynolds appointment.