Jen Psaki

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Jen Psaki
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White House Communications Director
In office
April 1, 2015 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJennifer Palmieri
Succeeded bySean Spicer
Spokesperson for the United States Department of State
In office
February 11, 2013 – March 31, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyMarie Harf
Preceded byVictoria Nuland
Succeeded byJohn Kirby
White House Deputy Communications Director
In office
December 19, 2009 – September 22, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDaniel Pfeiffer
Succeeded byJennifer Palmieri
White House Deputy Press Secretary
In office
January 20, 2009 – December 19, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
LeaderRobert Gibbs
Preceded byTony Fratto
Succeeded byBill Burton
Personal details
Jennifer Rene Psaki

(1978-12-01) December 1, 1978 (age 41)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationCollege of William & Mary (BA)

Jennifer Rene Psaki (/sɑːk/; born December 1,[1] 1978[2]) is the former White House Communications Director. She previously served as a spokesperson for the United States Department of State and in various press and communications roles in the Obama White House.[3] She is a contributor on CNN.[4]

Early life[edit]

Psaki is of Irish,[5] Greek[6] and Polish[7] ancestry. She was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1996 and the College of William & Mary[8] in 2000. She is a member of the Chi Omega sorority.[9] At William & Mary, Psaki was a competitive backstroke swimmer for the William & Mary Tribe athletic team for two years.[9][10]


Psaki began her career in 2001 with the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin for the U.S. Senate and Tom Vilsack for Governor. 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 (D-NY) and regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[11]

Psaki with Russian counterpart Maria Zakharova, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris, January 13, 2014[clarification needed]

Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Psaki served as traveling press secretary.[11] 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.[12][13] On September 22, 2011, Psaki left this position to become senior vice president and managing director at the Washington, D.C., office of public relations firm Global Strategy Group.[14][15]

In 2012, Psaki returned to political communications as press secretary for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.[16] On February 11, 2013, Psaki became spokesperson for the United States Department of State.[16] Her hiring at the Department of State fueled speculation that she would replace White House Press Secretary Jay Carney when he left the White House,[17] but, on May 30, 2014, it was announced that Josh Earnest would replace Carney. In 2015, she returned to the White House as communications director and stayed through the end of the Obama administration.

On February 7, 2017, Psaki began working as a political commentator on CNN.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Psaki married Gregory Mecher, a deputy finance director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[18]


  1. ^ Allen, Mike (December 1, 2013). "Welcome to December! -- The sentence in today's NYT that will make a few people with .gov addresses cringe -- What Obama Bought at Politics and Prose". Politico.
  2. ^ a b Concha, Joe (February 8, 2017). "Jen Psaki joins CNN". The Hill. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jen Psaki returns to White House". Politico. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jen Psaki". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  5. ^ David Axelrod podcast
  6. ^ "The Greek associate of Barack Obama -".
  7. ^ "Topics - Bio, News, Photos - Washington Times".
  8. ^ "Jen Psaki". GU Politics. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Sawicki, Stephen (February 2011). "Meeting the Press". Greenwich Magazine. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  10. ^ "Women's swimming and diving roster". College of William & Mary. Archived from the original on June 16, 1997.
  11. ^ a b "Jennifer Psaki". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  12. ^ "Jen Psaki". WhoRunsGov. July 23, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Calmes, Jackie (September 20, 2011). "White House Deputy Communications Director Steps Down". The Caucus. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Lewis, Charles J. (September 22, 2011). "Greenwich High alum resigns White House job". Greenwich Time. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  16. ^ a b "Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson". US Department of State. Archived from the original on July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  17. ^ Rogin, Josh (February 15, 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 June 14, 2013.
  18. ^ McCarthy, Ellen (May 16, 2010). "OnLove Wedding: Jen Psaki and Gregory Mecher get married in Maryland". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 14, 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Victoria Nuland
Spokesperson for the United States Department of State
Succeeded by
John Kirby
Preceded by
Jennifer Palmieri
White House Director of Communications
Succeeded by
Sean Spicer