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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Government Relations Chief Executive
Presidential Appointee
Presidential Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab ( Maryl Blue)
Favorite Time of Year:
March, May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sun City, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
At The End Of The Day.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1964
Birth Location:
Annapolis, Maryland

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Government Relations Chief Executive
Presidential Appointee
Presidential Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab ( Maryl Blue)
Favorite Time of Year:
March, May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sun City, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
At The End Of The Day.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1964
Birth Location:
Annapolis
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Biography

As a high-ranking member of President Bill Clinton's administration, Zina C. Pierre worked on issues and programs affecting the lives of women, African Americans and small business owners. Born in 1964 in Annapolis, Maryland, and educated at Catholic University of America, Pierre is the founding president and CEO of the Washington Linkage Group, a political lobbying and consulting firm.

Early in her career, Pierre worked in television journalism as a writer, field reporter and producer. She then moved into the government following Clinton's inauguration in 1993 as a speechwriter. She worked in the Labor Department as communications director for the Women's Bureau. In that capacity, she developed public relations strategies and campaigns for informing women of their rights in the workplace. This included a ten-city tour for the "Don't Work in the Dark" initiative.

Pierre was appointed to director of the Small Business Administration. She was responsible for the department's "Welfare to Work" initiative, for which she developed partnerships with public and private entities to hire approximately 200,000 former welfare recipients. In 2000, Pierre worked as one of the highest-ranking African American women in the White House, serving as special assistant to the president on intergovernmental affairs. In that role, she served as a presidential liaison to city and county governments across the country, promoting the presidential agenda on a local level. Pierre also worked to bridge the "digital divide" by making technology accessible to people from low-income backgrounds.

After leaving the White House, Pierre started the Washington Linkage Group. She also served as director of the National Council of Black Mayors Corporate Advisory Council, and as vice chairperson of the Future PAC, a national African American women's political action committee. Pierre is frequently sought out for her views on women's issues and politics, and is the recipient of many awards and commendations. She is an associate pastor at her childhood church in Annapolis and is working on a master's degree in divinity.






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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Zina Pierre's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Zina Pierre lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Zina Pierre describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Zina Pierre describes her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Zina Pierre describes her household as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Zina Pierre describes her aunt and cousin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Zina Pierre describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Zina Pierre shares her school memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Zina Pierre describes her school activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Zina Pierre recalls her interest in religion as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Zina Pierre talks about moving away from home at age fifteen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Zina Pierre describes attending Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Zina Pierre describes attending The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Zina Pierre recalls working briefly for the National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Zina Pierre describes working at the Gannett Company and becoming a production assistant on the USA Today television show
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Zina Pierre describes her various jobs in television production
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Zina Pierre remembers working at News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Zina Pierre describes how she was hired as a communications aide in the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Zina Pierre outlines her career trajectory during the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Zina Pierre describes working as the Director of the Welfare to Work Initiative at the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Zina Pierre describes the Welfare to Work initiative
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Zina Pierre recalls the challenges of people on welfare
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Zina Pierre talks about the challenges of ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Zina Pierre describes becoming a Baptist minister and attending Howard University School of Divinity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Zina Pierre describes becoming the Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Zina Pierre recalls her first meeting with Bill Clinton as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Zina Pierre talks about the impeachment of President Bill Clinton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Zina Pierre talks about her mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Zina Pierre describes the 2000 Presidential Election
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Zina Pierre remembers the final days of the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Zina Pierre remembers saying goodbye to President Bill Clinton
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Zina Pierre describes becoming CEO of Washington Linkage Group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Zina Pierre describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Zina Pierre talks about how she does not have regrets
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Zina Pierre reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Zina Pierre narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Zina Pierre narrates her photographs, pt. 2