Jen Psaki

Jen Psaki
Jen Psaki during first press briefing.jpg
34th White House Press Secretary
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyKarine Jean-Pierre
Preceded byKayleigh McEnany
White House Communications Director
In office
April 1, 2015 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJennifer Palmieri
Succeeded bySean Spicer
Spokesperson for the United States Department of State
In office
April 5, 2013 – March 31, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyMarie Harf
Preceded byVictoria Nuland
Succeeded byJohn Kirby
White House Deputy Communications Director
In office
December 19, 2009 – September 22, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDaniel Pfeiffer
Succeeded byJennifer Palmieri
White House Deputy Press Secretary
In office
January 20, 2009 – December 19, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
LeaderRobert Gibbs
Preceded byTony Fratto
Succeeded byBill Burton
Personal details
Born
Jennifer Rene Psaki

(1978-12-01) December 1, 1978 (age 42)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Gregory Mecher
(m. 2010)
Children2
EducationCollege of William & Mary (BA)

Jennifer Rene Psaki (/sɑːk/; born December 1, 1978)[1][2][3] is an American political advisor serving as the 34th White House Press Secretary.[4] A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the Obama administration as Spokesperson for the United States Department of State from 2013 to 2015 and as White House Communications Director from 2015 to 2017.[5] Psaki was a political contributor for CNN from 2017 to 2020.[6]

Early life and education

Psaki was born in Stamford, Connecticut, to James R. Psaki and Eileen Dolan Medvey.[7] Her father is a retired real estate developer, and her mother is a psychotherapist.[8] She is of Irish, Greek, and Polish descent.[9] She graduated from Greenwich High School in 1996. In 2000, she graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in English and sociology.[10] She is a member of the Chi Omega sorority.[11] At William & Mary, Psaki was a competitive backstroke swimmer for the William & Mary Tribe athletic team for two years.[11][12]

Career

Early career

Psaki began her career in 2001 with the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin for the U.S. Senate and Tom Vilsack for governor. Psaki then became deputy press secretary for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. From 2005 to 2006, Psaki served as communications director to U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley and regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[13]

Obama administration

Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. senator Barack Obama, Psaki served as traveling press secretary.[13] After Obama won the election, Psaki followed Obama to the White House as Deputy Press Secretary and was promoted to Deputy Communications Director on December 19, 2009.[14][15] On September 22, 2011, Psaki left this position to become senior vice president and managing director at the Washington, D.C., office of public relations firm Global Strategy Group.[16][17]

In 2012, Psaki returned to political communications as press secretary for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.[18] On February 11, 2013, Psaki became spokesperson for the United States Department of State.[18] Her hiring at the Department of State fueled speculation that she would replace White House press secretary Jay Carney when he left the White House,[19] but, on May 30, 2014, it was announced that Josh Earnest would replace Carney. In 2015, she returned to the White House as communications director and stayed through the end of the Obama administration.

On February 7, 2017, Psaki began working as a political commentator on CNN.[2]

Biden administration

In November 2020, Psaki left CNN and joined the Biden-Harris transition team.[20] Later that month, Psaki was named as the White House press secretary for the Biden administration.[21][22][23] She held her first press briefing on the evening of January 20, after the inauguration.[24]

Personal life

In 2010, Psaki married Gregory Mecher, a deputy finance director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[25] They have two children.[26]

References

  1. ^ Allen, Mike (December 1, 2013). "Welcome to December! -- The sentence in today's NYT that will make a few people with .gov addresses cringe -- What Obama Bought at Politics and Prose". Politico. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Concha, Joe (February 8, 2017). "Jen Psaki joins CNN". The Hill. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Papp, Justin; Munson, Emilie (December 1, 2020). "Who is Jen Psaki? CT native expected to reset media relations as Biden's press secretary". CTInsider.com. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  4. ^ "President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Announce Members of White House Senior Communications Staff". President-Elect Joe Biden. November 29, 2020. Archived from the original on November 30, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Jen Psaki returns to White House". Politico. Archived from the original on May 8, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "Jen Psaki". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Clipped From The Bridgeport Post". July 18, 1976. p. 30 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Jennifer Psaki, Gregory Mecher". The New York Times. May 7, 2010. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  9. ^ "Biden Picks Greek-American Jen Psaki to Lead Confirmation Team". The National Herald. November 19, 2020. Psaki is of Irish, Greek and Polish descent with her Greek roots in Messinia through her father James R. Psaki
  10. ^ "Psaki '00 named White House communications director". College of William & Mary. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Sawicki, Stephen (February 2011). "Meeting the Press". Greenwich Magazine. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  12. ^ "Women's swimming and diving roster". College of William & Mary. Archived from the original on June 16, 1997.
  13. ^ a b "Jennifer Psaki". Center for Responsive Politics. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  14. ^ "Jen Psaki". WhoRunsGov. WashingtonPost.com. July 23, 2012. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Allen, Mike (December 19, 2009). "Jen Psaki named Deputy Communications Director -- Summit accepts Obama deal -- Health reform could effectively pass at 1 a.m. Monday -- Shannon Flaherty b'day". Mike Allen's Playbook. Politico.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  16. ^ Calmes, Jackie (September 20, 2011). "White House Deputy Communications Director Steps Down". The Caucus. NYTimes.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  17. ^ Lewis, Charles J. (September 22, 2011). "Greenwich High alum resigns White House job". Greenwich Time. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  18. ^ a b "Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson". US Department of State. Archived from the original on July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  19. ^ Rogin, Josh (February 15, 2013). "What Jen Psaki faces as the new State Department spokeswoman". The Cable. FP Group, a division of the Washington Post Company. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013.
  20. ^ Kate Sullivan (November 30, 2020). "Biden announces all-female senior White House communications team". edition.cnn.com. CNN. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  21. ^ "Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary". President-Elect Joe Biden. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  22. ^ Linskey, Annie; Stein, Jeff. "Biden hires all-female senior communications team, names Neera Tanden director of OMB". Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 30, 2020. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  23. ^ "White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Holds First Briefing | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org.
  24. ^ New White House press secretary holds 1st briefing this evening CBC. Retrieved January 21, 2021
  25. ^ McCarthy, Ellen (May 16, 2010). "OnLove Wedding: Jen Psaki and Gregory Mecher get married in Maryland". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved November 29, 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Victoria Nuland
Spokesperson for the United States Department of State
2013–2015
Succeeded by
John Kirby
Preceded by
Jennifer Palmieri
White House Director of Communications
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Sean Spicer
Preceded by
Kayleigh McEnany
White House Press Secretary
2021–present
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