Jake Siewert

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Jake Siewert
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20th White House Press Secretary
In office
September 30, 2000 – January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJoe Lockhart
Succeeded byAri Fleischer
Personal details
Born (1964-09-21) September 21, 1964 (age 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Christine Anderson
EducationYale University (BA)
Emory University
University of California, Berkeley

Richard L. "Jake" Siewert Jr. (born February 1, 1964) is an American, who is currently head of corporate communications for investment bank Goldman Sachs.[1] He served as the last White House Press Secretary of Clinton administration and later in the Treasury department during the Obama Administration.

Early life[edit]

Siewert was born in New York City. In 1986, he graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in the humanities.[1] He later attended Emory University, studying comparative literature and philosophy, and the University of California, Berkeley, studying law for three years, but did not earn an advanced degree.[2]


Siewert began his career in Washington as communications director for the Democratic Governors Association in 1991.[1]

From 1993 to 2001, Siewert held several positions during the Clinton administration, including serving as a special assistant to the president for economic affairs, working at the National Economic Council. He was deputy White House press secretary when White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart resigned on September 20, 2000.[3] Siewert handled the press secretary duties from September 30, 2000, to January 20, 2001, the final 112 days of the Clinton administration.

Siewert was with aluminum giant Alcoa from 2001 to 2009 in various positions.[4] He joined as head of global communications and public strategy, and later oversaw the company’s global environment, health and safety efforts for several years. Lastly, he served as vice president for Business Development, overseeing global mergers and acquisitions and focusing on growth in China and emerging economies.[1]

In June 2009, Siewert joined the Obama administration in a position advising Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.[2][5] In that position, he also acted as his liaison to the business community, which lasted until 2011.[1]

In March 2012, Siewert was appointed as global head of corporate communications for investment bank Goldman Sachs, succeeding Lucas van Praag.[4] An early task from the board to Siewert was to be the "rebranding" of chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, whose three-year tenure has been marked by challenges to the firm and to Blankfein himself.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Siewert is married to Christine Anderson,[2] who is head of global public affairs for Blackstone Group.[7] Anderson previously served as communications director for former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer during the 2006 New York gubernatorial election and later as Press Secretary to Governor Spitzer. Anderson also worked in the press office of the Clinton White House.[7]

Siewert and Anderson bought a $7.03 million condo in Manhattan's Greenwich Village from Scholastic CEO Richard Robinson.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Official Biography" (PDF). Goldman Sachs. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "WhoRunsGov: Jake Siewert". Washington Post. July 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Staff. "Lockhart's Last Day". CBS News. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Moyer, Liz, "Goldman Officially Has A New Head Of Corporate Communications", Wall Street Journal, March 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  5. ^ Calmes, Jackie (May 6, 2009). "Former Clinton Aide Will Become Treasury Counselor". The New York Times. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  6. ^ Gasparino, Charlie, "Goldman Board Hopes Image Overhaul Will Save Blankfein" Archived May 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, FOXBusiness, April 25, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  7. ^ a b "Christine Anderson biography". Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Halberg, Morgan. "Clinton White House Press Secretary Jake Siewert Buys Scholastic CEO's Condo". Observer.com. Observer. Retrieved January 3, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Lockhart
White House Press Secretary
Succeeded by
Ari Fleischer