Karine Jean-Pierre in conversation with Natalie Allen, Moving Forward

Karine Jean-Pierre in conversation with Natalie Allen, Moving Forward

So many of us harbor pent-up anger about the political climate and the actions of those in power, yet politics seems like terra incognita. What can we do—and how? Karine Jean-Pierre implicitly understands our frustration. This former Obama White House staffer, now the chief public affairs officer for MoveOn.org, was not born into the privileged ruling class. The naturalized daughter of Haitian immigrants, she is an openly gay woman of color. Her own political awakening came relatively late—while in graduate school—and her political education and path to activism followed an unusual learning curve. In her inspiring memoir-cum-call-to-arms, Jean-Pierre offers a timely manifesto for progressive change.

As she chronicles her own life story—born in Martinique and raised in Queens and on Long Island by hardworking immigrant parents—Jean-Pierre knows she speaks for the millions of people who do not have a voice in our society. Woven into the details of her unique, yet in many ways universal, experience she offers step-by-step, specific and practical advice for getting involved in progressive causes. She explains the difference between policy and politics and how engagement in making society more just and fair doesn’t always mean working with a politician. Jean-Pierre believes there has been a sea change in this country, making millions of people want to engage in politics as never before.

Karine Jean-Pierre's professional experience has ranged widely from presidential campaigns to grassroots activism to local politics to working in the White House. Jean-Pierre is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn and an MSNBC Political Analyst. In 2011, Jean-Pierre served as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, managing the President's political engagement in key states while leading the delegate selection and ballot access process. Before joining the re-election campaign, Jean-Pierre served as the Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs. She received her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2005 and joined its faculty in 2014. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Natalie Allen is an anchor for CNN International based at the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta. She currently anchors ‘CNN Newsroom’ Thursday through Sunday.

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