About Callista Gingrich
Callista Gingrich is the President of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia production company based in Arlington, Virginia.
Callista and her husband, Newt, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include The First American, Divine Mercy: The Canonization of John Paul II, A City Upon A Hill, America at Risk, Nine Days That Changed The World, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, Rediscovering God in America, Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage, and We Have the Power.
Mrs. Gingrich is the author of the New York Times best-selling children’s series featuring Ellis the Elephant. Her children’s books include Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, Yankee Doodle Dandy, From Sea to Shining Sea, Christmas in America, and her latest book, Hail to the Chief.
Callista is also the co-author of the third edition of the New York Times best seller, Rediscovering God in America, as well as Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, a photographic collection inspired by Newt and Callista’s award-winning documentary film.
Mrs. Gingrich is also the voice for several audio books, including A Nation Like No Other, Valley Forge, To Save America, To Try Men’s Souls, 5 Principles for a Successful Life, Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, The Art of Transformation, Real Change, A Contract with the Earth, and Rediscovering God in America.
Prior to leading Gingrich Productions, Callista served as a congressional aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. She worked both on the House Committee on Agriculture as Chief Clerk, and in the Office of Congressman Steve Gunderson (R-WI). With over eighteen years of staff experience, Mrs. Gingrich has a wide range of knowledge in government affairs, strategic planning, legislative research, and constituent services.
A devoted Catholic, Callista is a member of the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., a resident professional choir. In March of 2005, the Choir visited Rome, Italy to honor Pope John Paul II, and recorded a compact disc entitled Pope John Paul II: A Celebration of Life and Faith. In April of 2008, the Choir sang for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, during his Apostolic Journey to the United States. In November of 2008, the Choir participated in the International Festival of Sacred Music and Art in Rome. And in April of 2013 the Choir returned to the Eternal City for a series of performances for the Papal Foundation.
Mrs. Gingrich plays the French horn with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia, promoting musical growth and education among area residents and students. The City of Fairfax Band is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Silver Scroll Award. The Sudler Silver Scroll is regarded to be North America’s most prestigious award for community concert bands.
Callista is the president of the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable nonprofit corporation. Among its many charitable contributions, the Gingrich Foundation established the Newt and Callista Gingrich Scholarship at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, providing annual scholarships for instrumental music majors. Other grants have been awarded to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Foundation, City of Fairfax Band, Atlanta Ballet, Mount Vernon Ladies Association, Museum of the Rockies, American Museum of Natural History, Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Learning Makes a Difference Foundation, Autism Society, Catholic Charities USA, American Heart Association, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Trust for Public Land.
Callista graduated Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Public Communication from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther College, Mrs. Gingrich was a Pi Kappa Lambda Member and Regents Scholar.
Callista resides in McLean, Virginia with her husband, Newt Gingrich.