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 inaccurate portrayals 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 provides women and girls the tools to realize their full potential. Newsom serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MissRepresentation.org.
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 women that educate, activate, and transform culture. 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 series, The Mask You Live In.
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, Deutsche Bank’s Second Annual Women in Asian Business Conference, Stanford University, Harvard University, MIT, Soroptimist International, the Professional BusinessWomen of California, California Commission on the Status of Women, and Women’s Foundation of California.
Newsom currently serves as a board member of PBS’s Northern California affiliate KQED; a commissioner on the Girl Scouts Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls; a member of the [email protected] Advisory Council; and an honorary board member of the International Museum of Women.
Recently, Newsom joined “The League of Extraordinary Women” by Fast Company, and was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times, and in 2011, one of “150 Fearless Women Who Shake The World” by Newsweek Daily Beast. She has been awarded the “Champion for Kids” by Common Sense Media. Newsom has also been featured in O Magazine, NPR, ABC’s Top Line, MSNBC Live, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Chicago Tribune, Fox News, Vogue, and SELF.
Newsom graduated with honors from both 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.