When future generations look back at 2020, one of the few highlights will be August 11th, the day two black women made political history. Kamala Harris was named by Joe Biden as his running mate, and it was announced that her Chief of Staff will be campaign organizer and commentator Karine Jean-Pierre, making her the first black woman to hold the position. Harris’s nomination is also significant as a graduate of Howard University, making her the first nominee to have been educated at an HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) where she was a member of the prestigious Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest black sorority in the country.
Jean-Pierre, who famously defended Harris when a protester rushed the stage during a MoveOn event and took the microphone from the then-Presidential candidate, was actually revealed as a member of the new team even before Harris was announced. She quote-tweeted an announcement from Mike Memoli, cheekily adding the “ambitious” as GOP criticisms of Harris have already begun to roll in.
Karine “ambitious” Jean-Pierre is incredibly proud to be working to elect the Biden/Harris ticket. Let’s go!! https://t.co/Y3rNNz6qJG
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) August 11, 2020
Jean-Pierre, who was raised in Haiti, was the southeast regional political director for the Obama for America campaign. During Barack Obama’s first term, she served as the regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs. Jean-Pierre served as the deputy campaign manager for Martin O’Malley’s brief Presidential run. She has also been a frequent contributor on MSNBC.