Jennifer (Jen) Psaki was named Department Spokesperson in February 2013. She previously worked for then-Senator Kerry nearly nine years ago on his presidential campaign as a Deputy Press Secretary and has worked in senior positions within the Obama Administration over the last five years.
She served as a senior communications aide and traveling press secretary to President Obama during his successful re-election campaign. In this role, she was one of the primary on-air representatives on network, financial and cable news, briefed the national media daily, and played a central role in media and communications strategy.
Prior to joining the campaign, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Communications Director responsible for helping run the day-to-day incoming news response, outgoing message and longer term strategic communications planning. In addition, she played a central communications role on international and domestic economic policy issues including financial reform, regulatory and tax policy. She also served as a liaison to the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Export Council.
Psaki also opened the Washington, DC, office of Global Strategy Group (GSG), a New York-based communications and research firm. As the Senior Vice President and Managing Director at GSG, Psaki worked on behalf of a range of corporate, government and non-profit clients including The Export-Import Bank and Kroll Bond Rating Agency.
She has worked on many national and state political campaigns across the country in roles including Traveling Press Secretary for President Obama’s first presidential campaign, Communications Director for the Office of Congressman Joseph Crowley, and Midwest and Northeast Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
She has a B.A. from The College of William and Mary.