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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Affairs Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
I must tell you and all due respect.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1958
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Affairs Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
I must tell you and all due respect.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1958
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Minyon Moore was born on May 16, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother worked as a postal employee and accountant, and her stepfather was also a postal worker. In 1976, she earned her high school diploma from Chicago Vocational High School.

While working full time in the advertising department at Encyclopedia Britannica, Moore attended college at night and earned her B.S. degree in 1982 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While a student, she began volunteering with Operation PUSH and after graduation was hired as an assistant for the organization’s co-founder, Reverend Willie Barrow.

Moore continued to rise in the ranks at Operation PUSH, later known as the Rainbow/PUSH or the Rainbow Coalition. By 1988, she was serving as the deputy field director for Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign. In 1989, she became as the organization’s development director, and in 1992, she was named the director of political affairs for President Bill Clinton and became the first African American woman to serve as a White House Public Affairs Director in both Clinton Administrations. During her tenure in the Clinton Administration, she served as principal political advisor to the president, vice president, first lady and senior White House staff. As director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, she served as the Administration’s principal intermediary to non-government organizations and constituencies. In 2000, Moore became the chief operating officer for the Democratic National Committee.

In 2002, Moore left the DNC and joined The Dewey Square Group, a premier Democratic public affairs firm. At DSG, Moore heads its state and local affairs practices. In 2004, she helped run Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s minority outreach program. Moore was also a top advisor to Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign. She is also a founder of the first national African American women’s political action committee, “Women Building for the Future / The Future PAC.”

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Minyon Moore describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Minyon Moore describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Minyon Moore discusses her ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Minyon Moore remembers her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Minyon Moore shares memories from her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Minyon Moore talks about going to church as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Minyon Moore briefly discusses the close-knit friendships in her community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Minyon Moore names her siblings and discusses the death of her brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Minyon Moore describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Minyon Moore describes her childhood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Minyon Moore remembers her experiences in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Minyon Moore talks about her personality and friendships as a pre-teen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Minyon Moore describes her high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Minyon Moore talks about jobs she held during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Minyon Moore briefly talks about her college aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Minyon Moore talks about taking time off between high school and college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Minyon Moore describes her college experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Minyon Moore discusses her time working for Operation PUSH
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Minyon Moore talks about working on Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Minyon Moore describes her reaction to Rev. Jesse Jackson's loss in the 1988 Presidential election
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Minyon Moore discusses her transition from Chicago to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Minyon Moore describes the political climate in Washington, D.C., in the late 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Minyon Moore discusses her time working for the Rainbow Coalition