Jen Psaki


Former White House Director of Communications and Former Spokesperson for the Department of State

Jen Psaki is currently the Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an on air commentator and opinion writer for CNN.

Described by The New York Times as, “the unflappable and genial point-person” to the media during the various crises of President Obama’s campaign and presidency, Jen served as the White House Communications Director during President Obama’s final two years in office.  In this role, she was one of the primary advisors to President Obama on domestic, national security and political issues.  She also led an ambitious effort to modernize the White House approach to communicating taking a more creative and digitally  focused approach to breaking through the noise of the modern media environment.

Prior to this role, she served as the spokesperson at the Department of State.  As the public face for US foreign policy, she conducted daily briefings with international media, traveled to more than fifty-five countries with then Secretary of State John Kerry and served as a senior strategist to the Secretary and the Department on how to utilize communications as a tool of diplomacy.

She also served as Deputy White House Communications Director during President Obama’s first term and ran point on coordinating and implementing the public response of the government to the financial crisis, working closely with the Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and key senior cabinet officials throughout the administration.

Jen has also served in a number of roles in government and on political campaigns including as the traveling press secretary on both the 2008 and 20012 Obama campaigns, as a spokesperson at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as a spokesperson for Secretary John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and as the Communications Director for Congressman Joe Crowley.