Jen Psaki

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Person.png Jen Psaki  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(propagandist)
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BornDecember 1, 1978
NationalityUS
Alma materCollege of William & Mary (BA)
SpouseGregory Mecher
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members 3
PartyDemocratic
US political advisor and White House press secretary

Employment.png White House Press Secretary

In office
January 20, 2021 - Present

Employment.png White House Communications Director

In office
April 1, 2015 - January 20, 2017

Jennifer Rene Psaki is an American political advisor serving as White House press secretary from January 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the Obama administration. Psaki was a political contributor for CNN from 2017 to 2020.

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.[1]

Obama administration

Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. senator Barack Obama, Psaki served as traveling press secretary.[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[4]<

In 2012, Psaki returned to political communications as press secretary for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.[5] On February 11, 2013, Psaki became spokesperson for the United States Department of State.[5] 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,[6] 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.[7]

White House Press secretary

In November 2020, Psaki left CNN and joined the Biden-Harris transition team.[8] Later that month, Psaki was named as the White House press secretary for the Biden administration.[9]

On May 6, 2021, in an interview with former senior advisor to the President David Axelrod, Psaki suggested she would depart from the position of press secretary "in about a year from now".[10]

Personal life

In 2010, Psaki married Greg Mecher, then chief of staff to Congressman Steve Driehaus. Later, Mecher served as chief of staff to Congressman Joe Kennedy.[11] The couple met at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006. They have two children.[12]


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