Emily Rhodes is a character in the Designated Survivor series. She was the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of HUD Tom Kirkman. After Kirkman was sworn in as President, she continued to work closely with him and the White House Deputy Chief of Staff Aaron Shore (who was competing with her for the permanent position of White House Chief of Staff). Even though Aaron Shore was appointed as Chief of Staff, President Kirkman asked her to continue working with him as Special Advisor to the President of the United States. She became the White House Chief of Staff after Aaron resigned from the White House.


After Tom told Emily that President Richmond scrapped all of their topic points from the upcoming State of the Union address, Emily was briefly outraged. She later attended a meeting between Tom and Chief of Staff Charles Langdon but was dismissed shortly after.

Moments after the Capitol Bombing, Emily made multiple attempts to gain access to the White House to speak with Tom (who became the President of the United States) but was denied.


  • Emily Rodes is the youngest and first female White House Chief of Staff in history.