Karine Jean-Pierre | Influence 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

Press Secretary
The White House



Few presidents have done more to elevate talented women—and women of color in particular—to senior administration roles than Joe Biden, so it was no surprise that when Jen Psaki stepped down as White House press secretary in May of 2022, he turned to longtime trusted advisor Karine Jean-Pierre to take on the most high-profile public relations job in America.

Jean-Pierre, the first Black woman and the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the role, had most recently been Psaki’s deputy, and before that served as chief of staff to Vice President Kamala Harris during the presidential campaign.

Jean-Pierre previously worked for Obama's and Martin O'Malley's presidential campaigns and served as a political analyst for NBC and MSNBC. She was chief public affairs officer at MoveOn.org and managed the campaign for the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Initiative.