Minister of Gender Equality and Family Cho Yoon-sun will be the first woman to become senior presidential secretary for political affairs.
"It's quite a burden, to be honest, because I've been given an important post at a difficult time," Cho (48) told the Chosun Ilbo. "I'll do my best to play the role of a bridge between the National Assembly and the government."
Politicians were surprised by the choice because the post normally goes to grizzled veterans of the political fray.
Born in Seoul, Cho graduated from Seoul National University in international affairs. After passing the bar exam in 1991, she worked at the country's biggest law firm Kim & Chang.
In 2002, she joined the presidential campaign camp of eternal rightwing hopeful Lee Hoi-chang. In the 18th general elections, she was elected to the National Assembly on the party list.
She worked as a ruling-party spokeswoman and joined Park's presidential campaign committee in September 2012.
That led to her appointment as the Park administration's first minister of gender equality and family.