Karine Jean-Pierre Is The First Black And LGBTQ White House Press Secretary.
She will become the Biden administration’s new press secretary following Jen Psaki’s departure on May 13. She currently serves as the White House’s principal deputy press secretary.
Before joining the White House press team, Jean-Pierre was chief of staff to Vice President Kamala Harris during the 2020 campaign. She has been in the media world for a long time, serving as a political analyst on MSNBC and NBC, and also worked on Obama’s re-election campaigns. Jean-Pierre was the national spokeswoman for MoveOn.org, a federal political committee, in 2016, per BBC News.
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 staff 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.
She also speaks three languages: English, Haitian Creole, and French.