Who is Karine Jean-Pierre?
Karine Jean-Pierre is the first Black woman who is to hold the position of principal deputy press secretary of the White House in 30 years, and as the first openly gay woman to ever hold the position. She said during her first press conference it was “a real honor” to speak on behalf of the White House but that the role “is not about one person.” The last Black woman to be deputy press secretary was Judy Smith in 1991.
Some might recognize Jean-Pierre from a viral video in 2019 when she blocked a protester from then-Senator Kamala Harris.
The protester jumped on the stage and took Harris’ microphone while she was speaking.
Tune in for a briefing with Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. https://t.co/omSyVeSo9S
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 26, 2021
She is a first-generation Haitian-American. Jean-Pierre has a wife, Suzanne Malveaux, and a daughter, Soleil.
How old is Karine Jean-Pierre?
Karine Jean-Pierre is 43 years old as of the year 2021.
Karine Jean-Pierre Biography
Jean-Pierre grew up in New York’s Haitian community and went on to serve under President Barack Obama before she was appointed to her role in the Biden administration, according to her memoir, “Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America.”
Jean-Pierre was born there in 1977, according to The Africa Report. At age 5, her family moved to Queens, where she grew up in a Haitian community.
Jean-Pierre graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in public affairs in 2003, according to The Africa Report.
In 2014, she returned to Columbia University as a faculty member.
“Initially wooed by the myth of the American dream, her parents’ hopes were quickly dashed by the hardships of living as immigrants in the United States,” The Africa Report said. “Despite having an engineering degree, her father went to work as a taxi driver while her mother became a home health aide.”
Karine Jean-Pierre Parents
Karine Jean-Pierre’s parents were born in Haiti and fled the Duvalier dictatorship, landing in Fort-de-France, Martinique.
Karine Jean-Pierre Wiki
Jean-Pierre has held several roles in activism and politics, according to her website. One of her most notable roles was as the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org, a progressive group mobilizing to create “a world marked by equality, sustainability, justice, and love,” its website says.
A video clip of Jean-Pierre went viral in 2019 when she protected Kamala Harris from an animal rights activist.
Jean-Pierre also served as an NBC and MSNBC political analyst, served in the Obama administration, and worked as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Martin O’Malley for President. O’Malley, a Democrat, was a two-term governor of Maryland from 2006 to 2015, according to Ballotpedia.
Jean-Pierre wrote a memoir, “Moving Forward,” which begins with her childhood in New York’s Haitian community and discusses her political career.
Karine Jean-Pierre Suzanne Malveaux
Jean-Pierre’s wife is Suzanne Malveaux, a national correspondent for CNN. Jean-Pierre and her wife Malveaux have a daughter, Soleil, who turned 7 years old on May 27, 2021. They adopted Soleil at birth, according to their Twitter accounts.
The anniversary of her adoption and her daughter’s birthday came the day after Jean-Pierre’s historic press conference.
Karine Jean-Pierre Married, Wedding
“Celebrating the greatest blessing to come into my life 2 years ago today. Every day you bring new joy. Happy bday!” Malveaux wrote on Twitter on May 27, 2016.
I’m on the right side of the photo! But sometimes even I get it wrong. 😂 pic.twitter.com/T1hQmab6sO
— Suzanne Malveaux (@SuzanneMalveaux) May 10, 2021
Karine Jean-Pierre Daughter
Soleil shared her wife’s post, writing, “Happy Birthday Sunshine!”
Their daughter’s seventh birthday is today, May 27, 2021, according to her wife’s Twitter post.
Happy Birthday Sunshine! https://t.co/8Nxv6Vh3li
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) May 28, 2016
Jean-Pierre served as the regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs during the Obama administration and also held multiple roles in Obama’s presidential campaigns in both 2008 and 2012, according to the Washington Blade.
She said at the time it was an honor to serve a campaign dedicated to LGBT issues.
Karine Jean-Pierre White House
Jean-Pierre was the first Black woman to speak on behalf of the White House in three decades when she addressed reporters Wednesday, March 26, 2021, according to NPR. While she said it was an honor to serve as press secretary for the Biden administration, she said the task is about the American people.
“It’s a real honor just to be standing here today,” Jean-Pierre said at her press conference. “I appreciate the historic nature, I really do. But I believe is behind this podium, being in this room, being in this building, is not about one person. It’s about what we do on behalf of the American people.”
“I am profoundly honored to be the Principal Deputy Press Secretary for [President Joe Biden],” Jean-Pierre wrote on Twitter. “I am especially thrilled to work alongside [Jen Psaki] whose leadership and stellar instincts will ensure we are positioned to effectively communicate the Biden-Harris agenda to all Americans.”
Standing in support. Sisterhood. Always. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Kho8K7VtpS
— Judy Smith (@JudySmith_) May 26, 2021
Jean-Pierre spoke to MSNBC about her historic press conference and about the diversity of Biden’s administration.
“I stand on so many shoulders,” she said. “It’s not just me. It’s so many people that come before me.”
She referenced Smith, the only other Black woman to serve as deputy press secretary. Smith appeared at the White House to watch Jean-Pierre’s briefing.
“It was super kind of her, and I have to say we showed some bipartisanship, right, she worked for a Republican…”