Jennifer Palmieri

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Jennifer Palmieri
Jennifer Palmieri, Aug. 2013 (cropped).jpg
White House Director of Communications
In office
January 25, 2013 – April 1, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDan Pfeiffer
Succeeded byJen Psaki
Personal details
Born (1966-11-15) November 15, 1966 (age 52)
Pascagoula, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationAmerican University (BA)

Jennifer Palmieri (/pɒlˈmɛəri/;[1] born November 15, 1966) is the former White House Director of Communications and Director of Communications for the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign.


Palmieri served as White House Communications Director for U.S. President Barack Obama.[2] Before her service at the White House, she served as the President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Earlier, Palmieri was the National Press Secretary for the 2004 John Edwards presidential campaign and for the Democratic National Committee in 2002. She served as a Deputy White House Press Secretary,[3] Special Assistant to White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance in the Clinton White House.[citation needed]

Palmieri was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi.[4] After attending American University, she began her career working for then Congressman Leon Panetta (D-CA).[4][5]

WikiLeaks 2016 email hack[edit]

Palmieri attracted controversy when an email chain allegedly showing Clinton aides joking about Catholics and evangelicals in 2011 was released by WikiLeaks.[6] U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that individuals with connections to the Russian government had conducted a spear-phishing attack against Clinton campaign chair John Podesta[7][8] as part of an operation to prevent Hillary Clinton from winning the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[9][10]

In the emails between Palmieri, Podesta, and John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, Halpin reportedly wrote that 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch and NewsCorp Chief Executive Robert Thomson were drawn to Catholicism because of the faith's "systemic thought and severely backward gender relations."[11]

Palmieri, herself a Catholic,[12] purportedly responded that she believes Murdoch, Thomson, and many other conservatives are Catholic because they think it is "the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion ... Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals", she wrote.[11]

The president of, a religious conservative 501(c)(4) organization, demanded Palmieri resign from the campaign,[13] saying:

Everyone has a unique faith journey, and it's just insulting to make blanket statements maligning people's motives for converting to another faith tradition. Had Palmieri spoken this way about other groups she would be dismissed. Palmieri must resign immediately or be fired.[14]

Podesta did not respond in the email thread. Palmieri said she "didn't recognize (the email) ... [but] we are not going to fact check each of the emails that were stolen, hacked by Russian-led efforts in an effort to hurt our campaign."[15][16][17]

Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign 2016[edit]

At a Harvard University forum held on December 1, 2016 to define the Clinton Campaign for the historical record, Palmieri ascribed the loss to (1) alleged white supremacists within the Trump campaign, (2) the e-mail scandal (which she believed reporters should not have covered), and (3) claimed "[that] many political journalists had a personal dislike for the Democratic nominee."[18] Palmieri's role in the campaign is described in the book by Donna Brazile, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House."


  1. ^ The White House (February 11, 2013). Jennifer Palmieri on the State of the Union (web video). Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Bridges, Frances. "Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri's Advice To Women Running For Office". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  3. ^ "A Conversation With Jennifer Palmieri". Pacific Standard. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  4. ^ a b Easton, Nina. "The loyal — and discreet — political operative behind Hillary Clinton",; retrieved October 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Jennifer Palmieri profile". Archived from the original on 2014-10-01. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  6. ^ Stein, Jeff. "What 20,000 pages of hacked WikiLeaks emails teach us about Hillary Clinton". Vox. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  7. ^ Franceschi-Bicchierai, Lorenzo (20 October 2016). "How Hackers Broke Into John Podesta and Colin Powell's Gmail Accounts". Motherboard. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  9. ^ "Why Putin Has an Electoral Bone to Pick With Hillary Clinton". Time. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  10. ^ "Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  11. ^ a b CNN, Dan Merica. "Palmieri doesn't recognize controversial email about Catholics". CNN. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  12. ^ "Brian Fallon on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  13. ^ Master, Cyra (2016-10-12). "Catholic group demands top Clinton aide resign over leaked emails". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  14. ^ " Demands Clinton's Anti-Catholic Spokeswoman Resign". Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  15. ^ Pulliam Bailey, Sarah. "WikiLeaks emails appear to show Clinton spokeswoman joking about Catholics and evangelicals". Washington Post. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  16. ^ Merica, Dan. "Palmieri doesn't recognize controversial email about Catholics". CNN. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  17. ^ Staff. "13 revelations from Wikileaks' hacked Clinton emails". BBC. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  18. ^ Tumulty, Karen; Rucker, Phillip. "Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides". Washington Post. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Pfeiffer
White House Director of Communications
Succeeded by
Jen Psaki