Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, speaker, former actress, and advocate for women, girls, and their families.
Newsom is the writer, director, and producer of the 2011 Sundance documentary film Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Miss Representation made its national broadcast debut on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network on October 20th, 2011.
Coinciding with the distribution of her film, Newsom launched MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action movement that gives women and girls the tools to realize their full potential. She currently serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer.
Newsom is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Girls Club Entertainment, LLC, a film production company established to develop independent films focused primarily on empowering women. Newsom is an Executive Producer of the 2012 Sundance Award-winning documentary The Invisible War, which exposes the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. She is currently in pre-production on her next documentary film.
As an actress, Newsom appeared in numerous films and television shows including In the Valley of Elah, Something’s Gotta Give, Rent, Life, Mad Men, The Nanny Express, Trauma, and Numb3rs.
Prior, Newsom worked on assignments in Africa, Latin America, and Europe for Conservation International, a global environmental organization, where her primary focus was providing micro-enterprise opportunities to women.
Newsom is a nationally recognized speaker. She has spoken at corporations, universities, non-profits, and conferences including TEDxWomen, Google, Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, AT&T, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, Stanford University, Harvard University, MIT, Georgetown University, the Professional BusinessWomen of California, YWCA Salt Lake City, California Commission on the Status of Women, GirlVentures, and Women’s Foundation of California.
Newsom currently serves as a board member of KQED; a commissioner on the Girl Scouts Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls; a member of the Make Mine a Million $ Business National Steering Committee; an advisory board member of Emerge America; and an honorary board member of the International Museum of Women.
In 2012, Newsom was named as one of Newsweek Daily Beast’s “150 Women Who Shake The World,” and in 2011 a “Power Woman” by New York Moves Magazine and has also been featured in O Magazine, NPR, ABC’s Top Line, MSNBC Live, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Daily Beast, Good Day LA, The Chicago Tribune, Fox News, Vogue, and SELF.
Newsom graduated with honors both from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Newsom also speaks Spanish.
Newsom resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their two young children.