Washington Outlook

President Clinton Appoints Zina Pierre as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs

March 20, 2000


President Clinton has appointed Zina Pierre as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs where she will assist with outreach to city and county elected officials.

“I am delighted that Zina has agreed to join our White House team. Her extensive experience, strong commitment, and positive attitude will help the President with our partners in government,” said Mickey Ibarra, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Before coming to the White House, Ms. Pierre served as Director of the Welfare to Work Initiative at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She was responsible for leading small business participation for welfare to work. Ms. Pierre oversaw the organizational development of national programs and outreach for SBA’s 70 district and 16 branch offices to state and local officials.

Prior to the Small Business Administration, Ms. Pierre was at the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, where she served as Director of Communications. She began her career in the Federal government with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as a public affairs specialist where she served as speechwriter to the Director and Deputy Director of the agency, and moderated and produced a Federal government television broadcast. In addition, she created and moderated the first government ethics broadcast for the Office of Government Ethics encompassing ethics training for Federal employees nationwide.

She serves on more than 15 White House interagency working groups; some include the President’s Initiative for One America, Vice President’s Federal Welfare to Work Taskforce, America’s Promise, the Delta 2000 Project, Circuit Riders Initiative, America Reads, Initiative on Quality Child Care, the Housing Voucher Initiative, and the World Hunger Initiative. She also serves on numerous national and local boards including The National Council of Negro Women.

Prior to entering government, Ms. Pierre held an extensive career in television with the local networks. She is a graduate of Catholic University of America. She is also a licensed minister and is currently seeking her Masters of Divinity at Howard University School of Divinity.

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