Karenna Gore

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Karenna Gore
BornKarenna Aitcheson Gore
(1973-08-06) August 6, 1973 (age 47)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Columbia University (JD)
Union Theological Seminary (MA)
Notable worksLighting the Way: Nine Women Who Shaped Modern America
Andrew Schiff
(m. 1997; div. 2010)
RelativesAl Gore (father)
Tipper Gore (mother)

Karenna Aitcheson Gore[1] (born August 6, 1973), formerly known as Karenna Schiff, is an American author and journalist. She is the eldest daughter of former Vice President of the United States Al Gore and Tipper Gore and the sister of Kristin Gore, Sarah Gore Maiani and Albert Gore. Gore is the director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.[2]


Gore was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up there as well as in Washington D.C..[3] She received her B.A. in history and literature in 1995 from Harvard University, a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2000,[4] and a Master of Arts degree from Union Theological Seminary in 2013.[2][5][6] During college, she interned as a journalist for WREG-TV and The Times-Picayune. She later wrote for El Pais in Spain and Slate in Seattle. After law school, she was briefly an associate with the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City.[7] She left that job to work in the non-profit sector as Director of Community Affairs for the Association to Benefit Children (ABC), and as a volunteer in the legal center of Sanctuary for Families.[5] In 2017, Gore was elected to the Board of Directors of Riverkeeper.[8]

2000 campaign and book[edit]

Gore was the Youth Outreach Chair on her father's 2000 presidential campaign.[9][10] Together with her father's former Harvard roommate Tommy Lee Jones,[11] she officially nominated Gore as the presidential candidate during the 2000 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles.[12] She also introduced her father during the launching of his campaign.[13][14]

In 2006, she published Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Shaped Modern America,[4] a profile of nine modern and historical American women.[15] Stating that the book was written in reaction to the results of the 2000 campaign, Gore said, "I wanted to turn all that frustration and sadness into something positive."[4]

In June 2016, Gore was among 23 protesters who were arrested for demonstrating at the site of construction of a pipeline in Boston that would carry fracked gas for the Houston-based Spectra company.[16] Previously, she was part of the successful campaign against a fracked gas pipeline (the Constitution pipeline) through New York state.[17]

Personal life[edit]

On July 12, 1997 she married Andrew Newman Schiff,[1] a primary care physician in Washington, D.C., and great-great grandson of Jacob Schiff, at the Washington National Cathedral.[18][19] Andrew Schiff now works as a biotechnology fund manager.[20] They have three children together: Wyatt Gore Schiff (born July 4, 1999, in New York City),[21] Anna Hunger Schiff, (born August 23, 2001, in New York City),[22] and Oscar Aitcheson Schiff (born in 2006).[23][24] She and husband Andrew separated in 2010 and later divorced.[25]


  1. ^ a b Marcano, Tony (1997-03-21). "CHRONICLE". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  2. ^ a b "Karenna Gore on the Presidential Election: 'I Really Don't Like the Way It's Covered'". People. April 25, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  3. ^ Tapper, Jake (September 14, 2000). "Daddy's girl". Salon. Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
  4. ^ a b c Tapper, Jake (February 6, 2006). "Dad's defeat helped light the way for Gore Schiff". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
  5. ^ a b "Union Theological Seminary bio". Archived from the original on 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  6. ^ "The End of the Line". The New York Times. August 25, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "New York State Writer's Institute". Albany.edu. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  8. ^ "Five new directors elected to Riverkeeper Board - Riverkeeper". www.riverkeeper.org. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  9. ^ Edwards, Tamala M. (2000-08-14). "The Daughter Also Rises – August 14, 2000". Cnn.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  10. ^ Henneberger, Melinda (1999-11-20). "A Gore Daughter Emerges as a Leading Adviser". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  11. ^ "Joe Lieberman, Karenna Gore Schiff Speak to the Democratic National Convention". Transcripts.cnn.com. 2000-08-16. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  12. ^ "CNN/AllPolitics.com – Election 2000 – The Democratic National Convention". Archives.cnn.com. 2000-08-17. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  13. ^ "Gore launches presidential campaign – June 16, 1999". Cnn.com. 1999-06-16. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  14. ^ "Karenna Gore Schiff Discusses Her Father's Campaign". Transcripts.cnn.com. 2000-08-17. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  15. ^ "Nine women who made a difference". Usatoday.com. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  16. ^ "Al Gore's Daughter Among 23 Arrested In West Roxbury Pipeline Protest « CBS Boston". Boston.cbslocal.com. 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  17. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/16/opinion/stop-a-pipeline-for-fracked-gas.html
  18. ^ "Andrew Schiff, Karenna Gore". New York Times. 1997-07-13. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  19. ^ "Gore's Eldest Daughter Weds New York Doctor in Washington". CNN. 1997-07-12. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  20. ^ "Aisling Capital, Schiff Bio". Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  21. ^ "Milestones – Printout – TIME". Time. 1999-07-19. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  22. ^ Barron, James (2001-08-24). "BOLDFACE NAMES". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  23. ^ Schmertz, Lexy. "Cookie Sheet: Karenna Gore Schiff". Cookie. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  24. ^ "Al's Bio". AlGore.com. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  25. ^ Fournier, Ron (9 June 2010). "A week after Al and Tipper Gore announce separation, daughter Karenna's marriage on the outs". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 9 June 2010.[permanent dead link]

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