WASHINGTON, D.C. (KRON) — Karine Jean-Pierre was promoted to Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary, President Joe Biden announced in a press release. Jean-Pierre will replace current Press Secretary Jen Psaki who will leave her role on May 13.
Jean-Pierre is the first Black woman and LGBTQ+ person in the role, according to GLAAD, which is an organization centered around LGBTQ+ acceptance.
“Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people,” Biden said in a statement. “Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration.”
Currently, Jean-Pierre, 44, is the Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President. Prior to her current role, she was an NBC/MSNBC political analyst. She worked for the Obama presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.
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She was born in Martinique, which is an island in the Caribbean, and was raised in New York. Jean-Pierre attended Colombia University.