Chief Public Affairs Officer, MoveOn
NBC/MSNBC Political Analyst
Monday, April 6, 2020
Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
About Karine Jean-Pierre
Karine Jean-Pierre's professional experience has ranged widely from presidential campaigns to grassroots activism, to local politics, to working in the White House. Jean-Pierre is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn and an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst. Jean-Pierre previously served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Martin O’Malley for President. In 2014 she was the Campaign Manager for ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Initiative (RFI). Previously, she managed Leticia James’ successful campaign for New York City Public Advocate. In 2011, Jean-Pierre served as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, managing the President's political engagement in key states while leading the delegate selection and ballot access process. Before joining the re-election campaign, Jean-Pierre served as the Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she worked on the Obama for America campaign in 2008 as the Southeast Regional Political Director; she served on the John Edwards for President Campaign in the same capacity. In graduate school, she explored her Haitian roots through documentary film. Later, she worked at the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics and pushed major companies like Wal-Mart to change their business practices. While working in New York, Jean-Pierre served as Press Secretary to Congressman Anthony Weiner and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative and Budget Affairs for two City Council Members respectively in the New York City Council. She joined the Columbia University faculty in 2014 where she teaches a course at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She received her MPA from Columbia University's SIPA in 2003.
Jean-Pierre's latest book, Moving Forward, was released November 2019.