Karenna Gore Schiff

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Karenna Gore Schiff
Born Karenna Aitcheson Gore
(1973-08-06) August 6, 1973 (age 42)
Nashville, Tennessee
Occupation Author, journalist, attorney, non-profit administrator
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
Columbia Law School
Union Theological Seminary
Notable works Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Shaped Modern America
Spouse Andrew Newman Schiff (1997–2010, separated)
Children Wyatt Gore Schiff
Anna Hunger Schiff
Oscar Aitcheson Schiff

Karenna Aitcheson Gore Schiff[1] (born August 6, 1973) is an American author, journalist, and attorney. She is the eldest daughter of Al and Tipper Gore and the sister of Kristin Gore. Gore is the director of Union Forum at Union Theological Seminary.[2]


Gore was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up there as well as in Washington D.C.. She graduated from National Cathedral School in 1991.[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.[7] She later left law to work in the non-profit sector, first as Director of Community Affairs for the Association to Benefit Children (ABC), then in the legal center of Sanctuary for Families.[5]

2000 campaign and book[edit]

Gore Schiff was the Youth Outreach Chair on her father's 2000 presidential campaign.[8][9] Together with her father's former Harvard roommate Tommy Lee Jones,[10] she officially nominated Gore as the presidential candidate during the 2000 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles.[11] She also introduced her father during the launching of his campaign.[12][13]

In 2006, she published Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Shaped Modern America,[4] a profile of nine modern and historical American women.[14] Stating that the book was written in reaction to the results of the 2000 campaign, Gore Schiff said, "I wanted to turn all that frustration and sadness into something positive."[4]

Personal life[edit]

On July 12, 1997 she married Andrew Newman Schiff,[1] a Doctor of Internal Medicine in Washington, D.C., and son of John M. Schiff in an Episcopal ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral.[15][16] Andrew Schiff works as a biotechnology fund manager.[17] Andrew is the great-great-grandson of industrialist Jacob Schiff, great-grandson of Boy Scouts of America leader Mortimer L. Schiff, and great-great-grandson of George Fisher Baker, the co-founder of the First National Bank of the City of New York which would later become Citibank.

They have three children together: Wyatt Gore Schiff (born July 4, 1999, in New York City),[18] Anna Hunger Schiff, (born August 23, 2001, in New York City),[19] and Oscar Aitcheson Schiff (born in 2006).[20][21] As of June 9, 2010, she and husband Andrew are separated.[22]


  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. 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". 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. ^ Edwards, Tamala M. (2000-08-14). "The Daughter Also Rises – August 14, 2000". Cnn.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  9. ^ Henneberger, Melinda (1999-11-20). "A Gore Daughter Emerges as a Leading Adviser". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  10. ^ "Joe Lieberman, Karenna Gore Schiff Speak to the Democratic National Convention". Transcripts.cnn.com. 2000-08-16. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  11. ^ "CNN/AllPolitics.com – Election 2000 – The Democratic National Convention". Archives.cnn.com. 2000-08-17. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  12. ^ "Gore launches presidential campaign – June 16, 1999". Cnn.com. 1999-06-16. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  13. ^ "Karenna Gore Schiff Discusses Her Father's Campaign". Transcripts.cnn.com. 2000-08-17. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  14. ^ "Nine women who made a difference". Usatoday.com. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  15. ^ "Andrew Schiff, Karenna Gore". New York Times. 1997-07-13. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  16. ^ "Gore's Eldest Daughter Weds New York Doctor In Washington". CNN. 1997-07-12. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  17. ^ "Aisling Capital, Schiff Bio". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  18. ^ "Milestones – Printout – TIME". Time. 1999-07-19. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  19. ^ Barron, James (2001-08-24). "BOLDFACE NAMES". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  20. ^ Schmertz, Lexy. "Cookie Sheet: Karenna Gore Schiff". Cookie. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  21. ^ "Al's Bio". AlGore.com. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  22. ^ 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. 

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