Former Obama White House staffer Karine Jean-Pierre, now the chief public affairs officer for MoveOn.org, was not born into the privileged ruling class. The naturalized daughter of Haitian immigrants, she is an openly gay woman of color. Her own political awakening came relatively late—while in graduate school—and her political education and path to activism followed an unusual learning curve. In her inspiring memoir-cum-call-to-arms, Moving Forward, Jean-Pierre offers a timely manifesto for progressive change. “Perhaps you’ve never voted and need friendly encouragement,” Jean-Pierre writes. “Perhaps you are embarrassed to admit you don’t know how to register to vote. Maybe you keep up with the news but don’t understand the core differences between Democrats and Republicans. Maybe you have a yearning to run for office yourself but need guidance. I’m here to help. Everyone, regardless of their age, their socioeconomic status, their location, their education, has something unique to offer. My goal in writing this book is not just to tell my story, but to show that politics can be accessible to anyone who wants to take part, no matter how or where they grew up or how young or old they might be.”
Karine Jean-Pierre's professional experience has ranged widely from presidential campaigns to grassroots activism, to local politics, to working in the White House. Jean-Pierre is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn and an MSNBC Political Analyst. 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. She received her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2005 and joined its faculty in 2014. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Jean-Pierre will be in-conversation with Rebecca Sive
Rebecca Sive's career has spanned executive positions in business, government, philanthropy, academia and the not-for-profit sector where she earned a reputation as a smart and inspirational women's leadership and political strategist, writer, speaker and teacher. Her widely praised book, Vote Her In, demonstrates how to break down the last barrier standing between American women and girls and their ability to fully realize their dreams of leadership.
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"One of the most important voices of her generation." --Joy-Ann Reid
"A useful roadmap for all of us about how to make a difference." --David Axelrod
"Moving Forward will inspire you." --Valerie Jarrett