Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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Jennifer Siebel Newsom
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Directed 2011 documentary film Miss Representation
Personal details
Born Jennifer Lynn Siebel
(1974-06-19) June 19, 1974 (age 42)
San Francisco, California
Spouse(s) Gavin Newsom
(2008–present; 4 children)
Alma mater Stanford University
Profession Director

Jennifer Lynn Siebel Newsom (born June 19, 1974) is an American documentary filmmaker and actress. She is the director, writer and producer of the film Miss Representation, which premiered in the documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film examines how the media have contributed to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power. Her second film, which she wrote produced and directed, was The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Festival. It is about the struggle men and boys have while negotiating American society’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Early life and education[edit]

Newsom was born in San Francisco, to Kenneth F. Siebel, Jr., an investment manager (second cousin to software entrepreneur Thomas Siebel), and his wife, Judy (Fritzer) Siebel, co-founder of the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. Newsom grew up in the Marin County community of Ross, California.[1][2] Newsom is the oldest of four sisters. Newsom attended Ross Grammar School and The Branson School. During high school, she played varsity basketball, soccer, and tennis. She later graduated with honors from Stanford University, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in 1996 and Master of Business Administration in 2001. Her studies focused on conservation policy and Third World development. At Stanford, she was recruited to play on the women's soccer team. While pursuing her MBA, Newsom also studied at the American Conservatory Theater, where she completed a certificate program. After completing her education, Newsom traveled to Africa, Latin America, and Europe on assignments with Conservation International, a global environmental coalition.[1] Newsom worked in rain forest communities with a focus on helping indigenous populations and creating business enterprise opportunities for women.

Personal Life[edit]

Newsom is married to former San Francisco Mayor and current Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom. Jennifer met Gavin on a blind date set up by mutual friend Kathy Wilsey at the Artists Ball at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in October 2006.[3] The couple announced their engagement in January 2008.[3] Jennifer and Gavin wed in July of the same year at her parents' ranch in Stevensville, Montana. It was Jennifer's first marriage and Gavin's second. In September 2009, she gave birth to a daughter, Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom.[4] Newsom gave birth to a son, Hunter Siebel Newsom, on June 12, 2011. In 2011, Newsom and her family moved from San Francisco to Ross, where she grew up.[5] A daughter, Brooklynn, was born July 3, 2013.[6] On February 26, 2016 the Newsoms announced the birth of their fourth child, Dutch.[7]


In 2002, Newsom moved to Hollywood, where she concentrated on building her acting career.[1] Newsom earned many roles in television, film, and theater. Newsom has appeared on television shows such as Life, Mad Men, Strong Medicine, and Numb3rs.


Miss Representation premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to mostly positive reviews.[8] The film went on to screen at numerous other festivals, including the San Francisco International Film Festival, Athena Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Palo Alto International Film Festival.

The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with interviews from the likes of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Dr. Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem discussing the media and its message regarding women.[9]

On February 10, 2011, Oprah Winfrey announced that she had acquired the film for her OWN Documentary Film Club,[10] with plans of broadcasting it in the near future.

Newsom raised $101,111 on Kickstarter to fund the production of her second film The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.[11][12] Newsom is currently working on The Great American Lie, her third film.[13]

Newsom is a co-founder of The Representation Project, an organization which works to end gender stereotypes. The Representation Project's board members include Jan Yanehiro, Nathan Ballard, Susie McCormick and Maureen Pelton.[14][15][16]

Newsom, formerly a member of the Republican Party and the American Independent Party, is now a registered independent.[17]





  1. ^ a b c Maddan, Heather (March 11, 2007). "Girlfriend, uninterrupted / Actress Jennifer Siebel is standing by her man, who happens to be Mayor Gavin Newsom, and says there's no trouble in their romance - SFGate". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Bigelow, Catherine (2007-06-17). "Swells". San Francisco Chronicle (Society column). 
  3. ^ a b Zinko, Carolyne (January 1, 2008). "Mayor Newsom, Jennifer Siebel engaged to be married - SFGate". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Knight, Heather (2009-09-19). "Newsoms welcome daughter Montana". San Francisco Chronicle. Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom, the first child for the mayor and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, was born at 12:39 p.m. Friday. 
  5. ^ Jones, Carolyn (2011-06-13). "Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's baby boy Hunter born". San Francisco Chronicle. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, gave birth Sunday morning to an 8-pound, 4-ounce boy 
  6. ^ Andrew Dalton (July 5, 2013). "Newsom Clan Adds Third Offspring". Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  7. ^ Vince Cestone (February 26, 2016). "Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom celebrates birth of his baby boy". Retrieved 2016-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Miss Representation (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Directed By: Jennifer Siebel Newsom 
  9. ^ "Miss Representation" (Official film website). 
  10. ^ "OWN Acquires Miss Representation for OWNs Documentary Film Club". February 10, 2011. Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the Sundance Film Festival favorite is the 11th documentary acquisition for OWN. 
  11. ^ "The Mask You Live In by Jennifer Siebel Newsom — Kickstarter". 2013-08-08. 
  12. ^ Scheck, Frank. "The Mask You Live In': Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Canfield, David. "Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #79: In 'The Mask You Live In,' Jennifer Siebel Newsom Confronts Our Narrow Definition of Masculinity". Indiewire. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Our Mission". The Representation Project. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Russell, Kaitlyn (25 February 2015). "From the red carpet to college campuses, #AskHerMore inspires gender equality". USA Today. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Bigelow, Catherine (26 February 2015). "Miss Bigelow: Choices fundraiser shadowed by loss of Merla Zellerbach". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
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