*President Barack Obama on Thursday used some of his patronage power to appoint Shonda Rhimes, the creator/EP of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” to the Kennedy Center’s Board of Trustees.
Rhimes was a big supporter of Obama’s campaigns for President as both a donor and even worked in a phone bank for the candidate with actress Kate Walsh, who starred in Rhimes’ former ABC drama “Private Practice.”
Obama also appointed the Carlyle Group’s CEO David Rubenstein Empire Global Ventures’ CEO Alexandra Stanton, Chicago art gallery owner Amalia Pera Mahoney, FI Investment Group CEO Frank Islam and Entravision Communications’ CEO Walter Ulloa to the Board Thursday as well.
“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” said Obama in a statement when making the announcements.
Season 10 of “Grey’s Anatomy” premiered Thursday on ABC with Season 3 of the D.C. political drama “Scandal” set to launch on October 3rd.