Lesbian Mom and Veteran Political Organizer to be Kamala Harris’ Chief of Staff

Lesbian Mom and Veteran Political Organizer to be Kamala Harris'

Karine Jean-Pierre, a veteran political organizer, commentator, and author, will be the chief of staff for newly announced VP candidate Kamala Harris. She’s also a lesbian mom—and her daughter was her inspiration to join the campaign.

Karine Jean-Pierre

Karine Jean-Pierre at BookExpo at the Javits Center in New York City, May 2019. Photo: Rhododendrites. Used under a (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.

Jean-Pierre, who served as Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs in the Obama administration and as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, was more recently chief public affairs officer for MoveOn and an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst. She had already been serving as a senior advisor to the Biden campaign, and will continue that role while also acting as chief of staff to Kamala Harris, NBC News reports. She is also on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

In an interview with Hollywood Life at the end of July, she spoke about her reasons for being part of the Biden campaign, saying, “I felt like this is my job as a mom to step in. I thought about my six year-old and I thought about what kind of planet or world or country are we going to be leaving to her and her peers,” adding, “I’m a Black woman, I’m a gay woman and I’m an immigrant. And Donald Trump, he is someone who hates everything I am.”

Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique to Haitian parents but raised in New York City. In her 2019 book, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America, she writes about her unconventional path to political involvement and how and why others, no matter their backgrounds, need to step up and participate today.

Being a lesbian mom alone isn’t enough—but Jean-Pierre has the experience and insight to make many positive contributions to the campaign—and to our country. And having a Black lesbian mom as the closest advisor to the person who could be a heartbeat away from the presidency? That’s pretty cool. (Though admittedly not quite as cool as having a Black lesbian mom president. Maybe someday….)

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