Announcement of the recipient of the Edie Windsor Champion for LGBTQAI+ Equality Award, 2021


Karine Jean-Pierre

Karine Jean-Pierre

Karine Jean-Pierre is the senior deputy White House press secretary for the Biden administration. She is the first openly gay woman and the second black woman to give a press briefing from the White House. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor to President-elect Joe Biden and Chief of Staff to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for the Biden-Harris campaign. Prior to her role in the campaign, she served as director of public affairs for MoveOn.org and political analyst for NBC and MSNBC. Jean-Pierre served as Regional Political Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs during the Obama-Biden administration and Deputy Director of Battleground States for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. She served as Regional Political Director Southeast for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, Deputy Campaign Manager for Martin O’Malley for President, Campaign Manager for the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Initiative, and Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative Affairs and budgets for two members of the New York City Council. Born in Martinique and raised in New York, Jean-Pierre graduated from Columbia University.

Edie Windsor LGBTQAI+ Award Champion is named after Edith S. (Edie) Windsor, an LGBTQ+ rights activist whose historic 2013 victory over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) paved the way for marriage equality for all. His 44-year relationship with his wife Thea Spyer, which lasted until Thea’s death in 2009, inspired Edie to challenge and overturn the prejudices that have marginalized LGBTQ+ Americans for decades.

Karine Jean Pierre will join the 20 other winners of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” at the virtual Women’s eNews gala postponed to the evening of Tuesday, November 16* from 8 p.m. (EST).

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