Jennifer Klein

Policy Expert

Jennifer Klein was a Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton on Women’s Issues for the Hillary for America campaign and the Clinton-Kaine Presidential Transition.  She is a consultant to Dalberg Global Development Advisors, advising clients on domestic and international gender issues. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to 1,000 Days, she serves on the boards of the International Research on Women, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Brown University School of Public Health.

From March 2013 through April 2015, she worked as a consultant to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, helping to plan and manage No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative to assess progress for women and girls and to spur action to advance gender equality.

From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Klein was a Deputy and Senior Advisor in the Office of Global Women’s Issues within the Office of the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, she worked on a range of foreign policy issues related to the advancement of women and, at the Secretary’s request, led the effort to integrate gender throughout the work of the State Department.

For ten years prior to joining the State Department, she worked as a consultant to foundations and non-profit organizations – helping these organizations to define their priorities, develop strategic plans and policy initiatives, build coalitions, and manage resources.  Ms. Klein was also an advisor to then-Senator Clinton in her 2008 presidential campaign.

From February 1993 through January 1999, she worked at The White House in a dual appointment as First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s senior domestic policy advisor and a staff member for the President on the Domestic Policy Council. She was responsible for policy development and strategy on health care, including health care reform, women’s health and children’s health, and on a broad range of women’s and children’s issues, including child care, adoption and child welfare, early childhood development and education.  Her responsibilities included: leading interagency policy development processes, drafting legislation, working closely with Members of Congress and congressional staff, briefing the White House press corps, and developing events for the President and First Lady.

Before moving to Washington in 1993, she was an associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York. Her practice areas included tax-exempt organizations, corporate transactions, commercial litigation, antitrust, securities and insurance. While at Simpson Thacher, she also worked on a team that included a group of Yale Law School students, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights in litigation on behalf of Haitian refugees seeking asylum in the United States. Ms. Klein graduated from Brown University and the Columbia Law School, after spending her third year as a visiting student at Yale Law School.