Karine Jean-Pierre

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Karine Jean-Pierre
Karine Jean-Pierre at BookExpo (05336).jpg
Karine Jean-Pierre at BookExpo 2019
ResidenceNew York City
EducationColumbia University (MPA)
OccupationPolitical consultant
Political partyDemocratic
Websitekarinejeanpierre.com Edit this at Wikidata

Karine Jean-Pierre is a Haitian-American political campaign organizer, activist, political commentator, and lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University. She is the senior advisor and national spokeswoman for MoveOn.org and a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. She has served as the deputy campaign manager for both Barack Obama and Martin O'Malley's presidential campaigns.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Jean-Pierre's parents were immigrants from Haiti, and she credits their decisions for her own success in politics:[2]

I give credit to my parents. They are Haitian and immigrated to America. My dad is 70 but still drives a cab, my mom is home health care worker. They came from a country that is impoverished but left to get a better life for their kids. For them, they are so proud of me, and they feel they have reached their dream because of my successes, but without them I wouldn't be where I am. They told me I could be whatever I wanted to be, do whatever I wanted to do.

Jean-Pierre received her MPA from Columbia University's SIPA in 2003.[3]

Campaign work[edit]

2004 presidential campaign[edit]

Jean-Pierre was the southeast regional political director for John Edwards' presidential campaign.[1]

2008 presidential campaign[edit]

She was the southeast regional political director for Obama for America campaign.[1] During the first Obama term, Jean-Pierre served as the regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs.[4][5]

2012 presidential campaign[edit]

In 2011, Jean-Pierre served as National Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.[5] She led the delegate selection and ballot access process, while managing the political engagement in key states.[1] She provided resources to help states figure out "the best way for them to get the word out for the campaign."[4]


Jean-Pierre joined the Columbia University faculty in 2014,[6] where she is a lecturer in international and public affairs.[7]

Jean-Pierre served as the deputy campaign manager for Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign.[1] In April 2016, MoveOn.org named her a senior advisor and national spokesperson for the 2016 presidential election. In a press release announcing the hire, MoveOn said Jean-Pierre would "advise on and serve as a spokesperson around MoveOn's electoral work, including a major effort to stand up to Donald Trump."[8] She has also appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, CNN, CSPAN, PBS NewsHour.[1]

In December 2018, the Haitian Times named her one of six "Haitian Newsmakers Of The Year".[6]

In January 2019, Jean-Pierre became a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.[9]


Jean-Pierre has often demonstrated concern for human rights. She has worked at the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics and pushed major companies like Walmart to change their business practices.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Jean-Pierre identifies as lesbian.

In an interview regarding her tenure working for the Obama Administration as an openly gay staffer, she said: "What’s been wonderful is that I was not the only; I was one of many. President Obama didn’t hire LGBT staffers, he hired experienced individuals who happen to be LGBT," she says. "Serving and working for President Obama where you can be openly gay has been an amazing honor. It felt incredible to be a part of an administration that prioritizes LGBT issues."[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Karine Jean-Pierre: Biography". School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Watson, Jessica (October 30, 2012). "A conversation with former Obama aide, Karine Jean-Pierre". SheKnows Media. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "FEMALE RISING – 7 Caribbean American Women Making Waves". News America Now. March 15, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Chris (September 8, 2011). "Behind the scenes of the Obama campaign". Washington Blade. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Allen, Mike (August 25, 2011). "Obama 2012 launches Project Vote". Politico. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Haitian Newsmakers Of The Year". Haitian Times. December 27, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Norris, Molly (January 15, 2018). "Political activist Karine Jean-Pierre encourages action, proactivity in speech". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "MoveOn.com Names Karine Jean-Pierre As Senior Advisor & National Spokesperson for 2016 Elections". Politico. April 27, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  9. ^ Concha, Joe (January 8, 2019). "MoveOn.org senior adviser joins NBC, MSNBC as political analyst". The Hill. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "Karine Jean-Pierre: The Child of Haitian Immigrants Who Became the Forefront of U.S. Politics". L'Union Suite. August 16, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Women on the Verge Part Two". The Advocate. June 9, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2018.

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