Jen Psaki, the former White House press secretary for the Biden administration, was involved in political press roles for nearly two decades before she exited the prominent position. Prior to being sworn in as Biden’s press secretary on Jan. 20, 2021, Psaki held press secretary roles for former President Obama and other Democratic leaders. So, what is Psaki's net worth?
Despite having collected a decent salary working as the press secretary for the Biden administration, Psaki decided to walk away from the role in May 2022 to pursue other opportunities. On March 19, 2023, Psaki will begin hosting her very own show on the MSNBC network.
Get the details on Psaki's current net worth, her lengthly political career, and when you can catch her on MSNBC down below.
Jennifer Rene Psaki
White House Press Secretary
Net worth: $2 million (unconfirmed)
Jen Psaki is the former White House Press Secretary for the Biden administration. Prior to taking this office in January 2021, Psaki served in numerous top public relations and press roles for Democratic leaders, including as deputy press secretary and communications director under President Obama.
Date of Birth: Dec. 1, 1978
Birthplace: Stamford, Conn.
Education: College of William and Mary
Spouse: Gregory Mecher
What was Jen Psaki’s salary as White House press secretary?
According to an annual report released in 2021 by the White House, Psaki earned the maximum annual salary of $180,000.
The Biden administration said that it was among the most diverse in terms of top leadership positions as well as having a much smaller pay gap between men’s and women’s salaries than previous presidential administrations.
In terms of net worth, several sources speculate Psaki has amassed a $25 million fortune, though Reuters took on the challenge of confirming this and wasn't able to find any evidence to substantiate the claims. Psaki also admitted to the source that "her net worth was not close to $27 million."
Although the former White House press secretary neglected to provide an accurate figure, her net worth is suspected to be around $2 million.
What other political roles has Jen Psaki held?
Psaki has worked in public relations and political press for her entire career. After graduating from college, she spent time in 2001 on the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin for the U.S. Senate and Tom Vilsack for governor.
Psaki worked as the deputy press secretary for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004. Then from 2005–2006, she served as regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as well as communications director for U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley.
During Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, Psaki was the traveling press secretary. She worked for the Obama administration as deputy press secretary and deputy communications director. In 2011, she briefly left the role to work at Washington, D.C. public relations firm Global Strategy Group.
Psaki returned for Obama’s 2012 campaign as press secretary and in 2013 became the spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State. From 2015 until the end of Obama’s second term, she was the White House communications director.
Psaki was a political commentator for CNN starting in 2017. She left that role in November 2020 to join the Biden-Harris transition team. She started her role as the White House press secretary on Jan. 20, 2021, and exited the position in May 2022.
Who is Jen Psaki’s husband?
Psaki married Gregory Mecher in 2010 and they have two children together. Mecher currently serves as deputy finance director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Did Jen Psaki get COVID-19?
On Oct. 31, 2021, Psaki announced to the public that she had tested positive for COVID-19. A few days prior, she didn't travel with Biden and other White House staffers to the G-20 climate summit. She stayed in the U.S. because people in her household had COVID-19 and she was quarantined at the time.
Psaki, who is fully vaccinated against the virus, only experienced mild symptoms associated with the virus.
What show is Jen Psaki's hosting on MSNBC?
Beginning in March 2023, you’ll be able to catch Psaki hosting the MSNBC talk show Inside With Jen Psaki. The hour-long program will air on Sundays at 12 p.m. and will carry a political agenda that also tackles “human-interest profiles of politicians, celebrities, and athletes,” reports The New York Times.
While it’s clear Psaki’s interviewee lineup will be quite diverse, The New York Times revealed that her dream guest is Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
When she isn't hosting Inside With Jen Psaki, the former politician will also host a show on Peacock and contribute regularly to the MSNBC email newsletter.