Karine Jean-Pierre
White House Press Secretary

The PressOffice is responsible for providing support and information to the national and international media regarding the President’s beliefs, activities and actions. It works alongside the Office of Communications in crafting and espousing the administration’s message.

Professional experience

Jean-Pierre got her professional start working at the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 to study the impact of large corporations on society and to develop standards for responsible corporate behavior. She also has served as a senior aide on staffs for two members of the New York City Council and acted as a campaign manager for the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Initiative.

She later went on to work on President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, as deputy manager for Democratic former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s failed 2016 presidential bid and as a member of Biden’s campaign team in 2020. When not campaigning for Democratic hopefuls, Jean-Pierre frequently appeared on NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst. In 2014, Jean-Pierre was tapped to teach at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, her alma mater.

Background and education

Jean-Pierre was born in the French territory Martinique to Haitian parents, who later emigrated to the US and settled in Queens, where she grew up and graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School in 1993. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 1997 and received a master’s in public affairs from Columbia University’s SIPA in 2003.

Background and education

Jean-Pierre was born in the French territory Martinique to Haitian parents, who later emigrated to the US and settled in Queens, where she grew up and graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School in 1993. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 1997 and received a master’s in public affairs from Columbia University’s SIPA in 2003. In 2019, Jean-Pierre published a memoir titled, “Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America.” The book follows her journey as an immigrant growing up in New York’s Haitian community to working in the Obama administration.

Personal life and motherhood

Jean-Pierre lives in Washington, DC, with her partner, CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, 54, and their adopted daughter, Soleil. Jean-Pierre is openly gay. She shared her difficult coming-out story in a Twitter thread for Pride Month last year, revealing that when she first told her mother she was gay at age 16, “the revolted look on her face sent me running back into the proverbial closet and slamming the door shut.”
Jean-Pierre confided that after that traumatic experience, her sexuality became a family secret and stayed that way for years. But she said her mother eventually came around on her being gay “and is now proud of ALL of whom I am; she loves my partner and she loves being a doting grandmother to the daughter we are raising.”

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