Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, advocate, and founder of the non-profit organization The Representation Project, which inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting gender stereotypes and gender norms. The organization uses film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation, so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance, can fulfill their human potential.
After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Jennifer worked in Africa and Latin America, helping women entrepreneurs create their own socially and environmentally responsible businesses. She then moved to Hollywood to pursue acting and producing.
There - dismayed by the way women were represented both in front of and behind the camera - Jennifer was compelled to rewrite this story and do something about the limiting narratives we were told about women and girls. So she wrote, directed, and produced the award winning documentary film Miss Representation, which exposes how the misrepresentation of women in the media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. Miss Representation premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to sold-out crowds and was picked up by Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. With the positive impact of Miss Representation, Newsom launched The Representation Project.
Jennifer's second film, The Mask You Live In, made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, and explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. She is also in production on her third film, The Great American Lie.
In 2012, Newsom was an Executive Producer of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning and Oscar-Nominated documentary, The Invisible War, which unveiled the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. She is also an Executive Producer on the Emmy Award winning documentary The Hunting Ground, which is a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses.
Today, when she is not running The Representation Project and making documentaries, she serves on the advisory boards for The Imagine Kids Bus Project, The Common Sense Media Gender Initiative, and Emerge America. She has also served as a co-chair of We Day California, and is a former member of the Global Advisory Board of the Dove Self Esteem Project and the Girl Scouts’ Healthy Media Commission. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, and her four proudest achievements - their four young children Montana, Hunter, Brooklynn, and Dutch.
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