Karine Jean-Pierre is the author of “Moving Forward,” a story of how she found her call to action and how you can, too. Jean-Pierre’s roots are in politics, from grassroots organizing to running presidential campaigns. She worked in the Obama White House, managed political campaigns nationally and locally, and now serves as an MSNBC Political Analyst for MSNBC and MoveOn’s Chief Public Affairs Officer.
Jean-Pierre previously served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Martin O’Malley for President. Prior to joining the O'Malley Campaign, Jean-Pierre served as the Campaign Manager for the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Initiate (RFI). Previously, she managed Tish 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 the John Edwards for President Campaign in the same capacity.
Jean-Pierre's interests demonstrate her concern for integrity and the human condition. 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, 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) and was named a 2019 Pritzker Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. She received her MPA from Columbia University's SIPA in 2003.