Jehmu Greene

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Jehmu Greene
Born (1972-06-22) June 22, 1972 (age 43)
Washington, D.C., United States
Residence New York, New York
Occupation Political commentator
Political party Democratic

Jehmu Greene (born June 22, 1972) is an American political commentator and activist. She was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Austin, Texas. Greene is the daughter of Liberian immigrants.


Greene co-founded Define American in June 2011 with Jose Antonio Vargas, Jake Brewer, and Alicia Menendez. Define American seeks to elevate the conversation on immigration reform.[1]

In 2010, Greene was hired as a contributor by Fox News Channel.

Throughout her career, she has worked with the media to build high-profile social justice campaigns. A commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and elsewhere, Greene served as the first African-American president of the Rock the Vote organization from 2000-2005 where membership grew from 1,500 to 1 million, 1.4 million new voters were registered, over 200 celebrities volunteered their support and youth voter turnout increased 11%, the highest increase ever recorded in between two presidential elections.[2][unreliable source?]

From 2009-2010, Greene was president of Women's Media Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media advocacy organization founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem.[3]

In 2010, Greene was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.[4]

She was a member of the Citizen's Debate Commission and previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Prospect Magazine; Demos; Youth Vote Coalition; The Entrepreneurial Development Institute (TEDI). She has also served as an Advisory Board Member of the Partnership for Public Service; Campus Green Vote; Vote for America; The White House Project's Vote-Run-Lead Project; and Freedom's Answer. Greene was a co-founder and Board Member of the 2030 Center, an economic and public policy organization for young adults.

Greene served on the Credentials Committee for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.[5] After the 2004 elections, Greene was appointed by Terry McAuliffe, DNC Chairman, to serve on the Commission on Presidential Timing and Scheduling.[6] The Commission concluded its work in December 2005 and submitted its report to DNC Chairman, Howard Dean. To address diversity, representation, and participation issues in a meaningful way, the Commission recommended that there be an additional one or two first-tier caucuses inserted between the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary.

Greene is a former National Director of Project Vote, the 501c3 voter registration arm of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).[7]

From 1998-2000, Greene served as the Director of Women's Outreach and Southern Political Director at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Greene also served as the Program Director for the Center for Policy Alternatives' Youth Voices Project and National Student Voter Education Day, Volunteer Coordinator for the University of Texas at Austin Neighborhood Longhorns Program, and Executive Director of the Texas Young Democrats. In addition, she has worked on numerous campaigns, including Clinton/Gore '96, Harvey Gantt for U.S. Senate, Lloyd Doggett for Congress, Jim Mattox for U.S. Senate, and Ann Richards for Governor.

In 1999, Greene traveled to Botswana and South Africa on behalf of the United States Information Agency (USIA) to encourage young voters to participate in the upcoming elections.

Greene was a founder and Managing Partner of Urban Hang Suite, a party promotion and early social networking company that specialized in connecting African American professionals in Washington, DC.

In the news[edit]

Greene is a paid FNC contributor with frequent appearances on Fox News and Fox Business. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including The O'Reilly Factor, MTV News, The Daily Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Dennis Miller Live, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Bloomberg Television, NPR's News and Notes with Ed Gordon, Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, and Tavis Smiley's State of Black America.

On the May 4, 2012 edition of America Live, referred to fellow debater Tucker Carlson as a "bow-tying white boy", in a discussion about Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's decision to list herself as a member of a racial minority in the Association of American Law Schools desk book, a directory of law professors, in the 1980s and 1990s, because her great-great-great-grandmother was listed as Cherokee. Carlson told Greene to stop name-calling, but Greene denied calling Carlson a name. Host Megyn Kelly later apologized to Carlson and her audience for the remark on behalf of the program, calling it "an inappropriate name" that was "not consistent with our standards".[8] The "inappropriate name" was defined as a racial, or ethnic slur, since it refers to Tucker Carlson's race as being white.[9][10][11] Multiple news outlets identified the comment as inappropriate and that Greene did not apologize on air.[12][13][14] Later it was reported that Irena Briganti, Group Senior Vice President at FOX News Channel & FOX Business Network said, “Jehmu apologized to Tucker by phone after the segment and he accepted her apology.”[15][16]

Greene was recognized as one of Essence Magazine's 40 Women Under 40 Shaping the World, and received the National Conference for Community and Justice's Community Service Award, American Association of University Women's Women of Distinction Award and National Council for Research on Women - Women Making a Difference Award. Essence Magazine also named Greene one of the 35 Most Beautiful and Remarkable Women in the World.


  1. ^ Hagey, Keach. "Jose Vargas story turned down by Washington Post". POLITICO. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Rock the Vote President Jehmu Greene Steps Down". PRNewswire. United Business Media. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Grant, Drew. "Women’s Media Center Names New Prez". FishbowlNY. Retrieved 28 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "U.S. National Commission for UNESCO". Diplomacy in Action. U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Black Members of Democratic Committees at 2004 DNC Convention" (PDF). 2004 Democratic National Committee Convention brochure. 
  6. ^ "McAuliffe Names 2008 Nominating Calendar Commission". Democratic National Committee PRESS RELEASE. Democratic National Committee. Retrieved 10 December 2004. 
  7. ^ "We Are Texas Democrats, Moving Texas Forward, Speaker Jehmu Green". YouTube. Texas Democratic Convention 2006. 
  8. ^ "Jehmu Greene Calls Tucker Carlson A ‘Bow-Tying White Boy,’ Megyn Kelly Apologizes". Mediaite. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Thesaurus for 'Ethnic slur'". The Free Dictionary. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "'Racial' definition". Oxford Dictionary. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "'Slur' definition". Oxford Dictionary. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "‘Bow Tie’N White Boy’: Democrat Strategist Hurls Racial Slur at Tucker Carlson". PJ Tatler. PJ Media. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tucker Carlson called 'bow-tying white boy' by Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene". American Thinker. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Shameless: Scratch the Surface, and the Left's Racism Comes Out". Breitbart Big Journalism. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Kincaid, Cliff (7 May 2012). "Fox News Won’t Fire Black Racist Commentator". Accuracy In Media. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Kirell, Andrew (8 May 2012). "Fox News’ Decision Not To Fire Jehmu Greene Angers The Right". Mediaite. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 

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