Jen Psaki

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Jen Psaki
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White House Communications Director
Taking office
April 1, 2015
President Barack Obama
Succeeding Jennifer Palmieri
Spokesperson for the United States Department of State
Assumed office
February 11, 2013
President Barack Obama
Deputy Marie Harf
Preceded by Victoria Nuland
White House Deputy Communications Director
In office
December 19, 2009 – September 22, 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Dan Pfeiffer
Succeeded by Jennifer Palmieri
White House Deputy Press Secretary
In office
January 20, 2009 – December 19, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Tony Fratto
Succeeded by Bill Burton
Personal details
Born Jennifer Rene Psaki
(1978-12-01) December 1, 1978 (age 36)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater College of William and Mary

Jennifer Rene "Jen" Psaki (pronounced /sɑːk/; born December 1, 1978)[1] is the spokesperson for the United States Department of State and a former spokesperson for U.S. President Barack Obama.

On February 19, 2015, Politico reported that Psaki would return to the White House to serve as the next White House Communications Director.[2]

Early life[edit]

Psaki, of Greek[3] and Polish[4] ancestry, was born in Stamford, Connecticut. She graduated from Greenwich High School in 1996 and the College of William & Mary in 2000. She is a member of the Chi Omega sorority.[5] At William & Mary, Psaki was a backstroke swimmer for the William & Mary Tribe athletic team for two years.[5][6]


Psaki began her career in 2001 with the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin and Tom Vilsack. Psaki then became deputy press secretary for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. From 2005 to 2006, Psaki served as communications director to U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley and regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[7]

Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Psaki served as traveling press secretary.[7] After Obama won the election, Psaki followed Obama to the White House as Deputy Press Secretary and was promoted to Deputy Communications Director on December 19, 2009.[8][9] On September 22, 2011, Psaki left that position to become senior vice president and managing director at the Washington, D.C. office of public relations firm Global Strategy Group.[10][11]

In 2012, Psaki returned to political communications as press secretary for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.[12] On February 11, 2013, Psaki became spokesperson for the United States Department of State.[12] Her hiring at the Department of State fueled speculation that she would likely replace White House Press Secretary Jay Carney when he left the White House,[13] but on May 30, 2014, it was announced that Josh Earnest would replace Carney.

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Psaki married Gregory Mecher, a deputy finance director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[14]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Jen Psaki returns to White House". Politico. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ A Greek woman in the U.S State Department |
  4. ^ "A native of Polish descent from Greenwich, Connecticut, Psaki..."
  5. ^ a b Sawicki, Stephen (February 2011). "Meeting the Press". Greenwich Magazine. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Women's swimming and diving roster". College of William & Mary. Archived from the original on June 16, 1997. 
  7. ^ a b "Jennifer Psaki". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jen Psaki". WhoRunsGov ( July 23, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Allen, Mike (December 19, 2009). "Jen Psaki named Deputy Communications Director -- Summit accepts Obama deal -- Health reform could effectively pass at 1 a.m. Monday -- Shannon Flaherty b’day". Mike Allen's Playbook. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Calmes, Jackie (September 20, 2011). "White House Deputy Communications Director Steps Down". The Caucus ( Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ Lewis, Charles J. (September 22, 2011). "Greenwich High alum resigns White House job". Greenwich Time. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson". US Department of State. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ Rogin, Josh (15 February 2013). "What Jen Psaki faces as the new State Department spokeswoman". The Cable. FP Group, a division of the Washington Post Company. Archived from the original on July 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ McCarthy, Ellen (16 May 2010). "OnLove Wedding: Jen Psaki and Gregory Mecher get married in Maryland". The Washington Post. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jennifer Palmieri
White House Director of Communications