Jennifer Siebel
Jennifer Siebel
Jennifer Lynn Siebel is an American documentary filmmaker, actress and the wife of former San Francisco Mayor and current Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom. She is the director, writer and producer of the film Miss Representation, which premiered in the documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film examines how the media have contributed to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power.
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In 3 Minutes, Watch How Toxic Masculinity Dominated 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
Every year, feminist organization The Representation Project creates a video that looks at one theme that dominated the year. In 2016, that theme is toxic masculinity.  The three-minute video looks back at some of the most notable moments of 2016, and illustrates how toxic masculinity unchecked can have truly dire consequences.  From the Pulse nightclub massacre to the police killings of unarmed black men to Brock Turner receiving three months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, the past year was riddled with examples of the negative impact rigid gender roles have on the culture.  Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker and founder of The Representation Project, explained to The Huffington Post how these rigid gender roles reinforce violent behavior: Whether because of the high-profile campus sexual assault cases, mass shootings, police violence or the harmful language used by the President-elect, these are all a result of a culture that rei ...
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20 Influential Women On What This Historic Election Means To Them
Huffington Post - 4 months
As a woman, I know I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed and shaken by this turbulent and unpredictable election season. On the one hand, I have been feeling powerful and hopeful — everyone is talking about women and our decisive influence in this election, and of course we have the glass-ceiling-breaking prospect of our first female president (something I explored in depth in my book of interviews, What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power). On the other hand, I’ve been disheartened and outraged by some of the issues that have come up during this election season—about racism, sexism, classism, biases toward women leaders, identity politics, power and privilege, sexist media coverage of women leaders, and of course the juggernaut of the verbal objectification of women, sexual harassment and sexual assault in these past few weeks. All of this rising to the surface made me want to talk to other women, to hear what they are thinkin ...
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At Uber Headquarters, Project HEAL Raises More Than $500,000 To Fight Eating Disorders
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Recovering from an eating disorder is an often long, painful and difficult journey. But what many people don’t know is that it is also an extremely expensive one. It is estimated that 30 million Americans struggle with eating disorders and that it is the mental illness with the highest mortality rate. Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran met while in treatment for their eating disorders as young teenagers. By the time they were 15, they vowed to do something to help others with the same disease who didn’t have the money to pay for treatment. They founded Project HEAL in 2008 and have since sent 36 patients to treatment. At Project HEAL’s fundraising gala in San Francisco on Friday -- which was co-hosted by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington -- Saffran told the audience about being diagnosed with anorexia nervosa when she was only 10 years old. She was hospitalized four times during her freshman year of high school for a total of seven ...
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At Uber Headquarters, Project HEAL Raises More Than $500,000 To Fight Eating Disorders
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Recovering from an eating disorder is an often long, painful and difficult journey. But what many people don’t know is that it is also an extremely expensive one. It is estimated that 30 million Americans struggle with eating disorders and that it is the mental illness with the highest mortality rate. Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran met while in treatment for their eating disorders as young teenagers. By the time they were 15, they vowed to do something to help others with the same disease who didn’t have the money to pay for treatment. They founded Project HEAL in 2008 and have since sent 36 patients to treatment. At Project HEAL’s fundraising gala in San Francisco on Friday -- which was co-hosted by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington -- Saffran told the audience about being diagnosed with anorexia nervosa when she was only 10 years old. She was hospitalized four times during her freshman year of high school for a total of seven ...
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New kind of Pirelli calendar unveiled
CNN - about 1 year
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, director of "Miss Representation," talks to CNN's Isha Sesay about the unconventional 2016 Pirelli calendar.
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Reese Witherspoon: 'Female Rage On Film Doesn't Frighten Me'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Reese Witherspoon just dropped some serious knowledge about the type of female characters she loves to see on screen.  In an interview for Glamour on Thursday, Witherspoon talked about her recent roles and the success of her production company, Pacific Standard. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, actress and founder of The Representation Project, interviewed Witherspoon for Glamour's Women Of The Year issue.  Witherspoon's production company is off to a pretty amazing start, boasting "Wild" and "Gone Girl" as the company's first two films. As Newsom wrote, this "by-and-about-women formula" Witherspoon instilled in Pacific Standard has definitely paid off.  "[The characters in my projects] can be flawed, haunted and dynamic women, reflective of the women I see every day in my life... Like Amy Dunne [of 'Gone Girl']," Witherspoon told Newsom. "Exploring female rage on film doesn't frighten me... Women want to see the truth. They don't want to see some perfect girl."  Witherspoon sai ...
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Reese Witherspoon: 'Female Rage On Film Doesn't Frighten Me'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Reese Witherspoon just dropped some serious knowledge about the type of female characters she loves to see on screen.  In an interview for Glamour on Thursday, Witherspoon talked about her recent roles and the success of her production company, Pacific Standard. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, actress and founder of The Representation Project, interviewed Witherspoon for Glamour's Women Of The Year issue.  Witherspoon's production company is off to a pretty amazing start, boasting "Wild" and "Gone Girl" as the company's first two films. As Newsom wrote, this "by-and-about-women formula" Witherspoon instilled in Pacific Standard has definitely paid off.  "[The characters in my projects] can be flawed, haunted and dynamic women, reflective of the women I see every day in my life... Like Amy Dunne [of 'Gone Girl']," Witherspoon told Newsom. "Exploring female rage on film doesn't frighten me... Women want to see the truth. They don't want to see some perfect girl."  Witherspoon sai ...
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Reese Witherspoon: 'Female Rage On Film Doesn't Frighten Me'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Reese Witherspoon just dropped some serious knowledge about the type of female characters she loves to see on screen.  In an interview for Glamour on Thursday, Witherspoon talked about her recent roles and the success of her production company, Pacific Standard. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, actress and founder of The Representation Project, interviewed Witherspoon for Glamour's Women Of The Year issue.  Witherspoon's production company is off to a pretty amazing start, boasting "Wild" and "Gone Girl" as the company's first two films. As Newsom wrote, this "by-and-about-women formula" Witherspoon instilled in Pacific Standard has definitely paid off.  "[The characters in my projects] can be flawed, haunted and dynamic women, reflective of the women I see every day in my life... Like Amy Dunne [of 'Gone Girl']," Witherspoon told Newsom. "Exploring female rage on film doesn't frighten me... Women want to see the truth. They don't want to see some perfect girl."  Witherspoon sai ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jennifer Siebel
    THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 36
    On February 10, 2011, Oprah Winfrey announced that she had acquired the film for her OWN Documentary Film Club, with plans of broadcasting it in the near future.
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    Miss Representation, Siebel's directorial debut, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to mostly positive reviews.
    More Details Hide Details The film went on to screen at numerous other festivals, including the San Francisco International Film Festival, Athena Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Palo Alto International Film Festival. The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with interviews from the likes of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Dr. Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem discussing the media and its message regarding women.
    In 2011, Siebel and her family moved from San Francisco to Ross, where she grew up.
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    Siebel gave birth to a son, Hunter Siebel Newsom, on June 12, 2011.
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    She is the director, writer and producer of the film Miss Representation, which premiered in the documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The film examines how the media have contributed to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power. Siebel was born in San Francisco to Ken, an investment manager (second cousin to software entrepreneur Thomas Siebel), and his wife Judy Siebel, co-founder of the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. Siebel grew up in the Marin County community of Ross, California. Siebel is the oldest of four sisters. Siebel attended Ross Grammar School and The Branson School. During high school, she played varsity basketball, soccer, and tennis.
  • 2009
    Age 34
    In September 2009, she gave birth to a daughter, Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom.
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  • 2006
    Age 31
    Siebel and Newsom met on a blind date set up by mutual friend Kathy Wilsey at the Artists Ball at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in October 2006. The couple announced their engagement in January 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Siebel and Newsom wed in July of the same year at her parents' ranch in Stevensville, Montana. It was Siebel's first marriage and Newsom's second.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 27
    In 2002, Siebel moved to Hollywood, where she concentrated on building her acting career.
    More Details Hide Details Siebel earned many roles in television, film, and theater. Siebel has appeared on many television shows, including Mad Men, Strong Medicine, and Numb3rs.
  • 1996
    Age 21
    She later graduated with honors from Stanford University, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in 1996 and Master of Business Administration in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Her studies focused on conservation policy and Third World development. At Stanford, she was recruited to play on the women's soccer team. While pursuing her MBA, Siebel also studied at the American Conservatory Theater, where she completed a certificate program. After completing her education, Siebel traveled to Africa, Latin America, and Europe on assignments with Conservation International, a global environmental coalition. Siebel worked in rain forest communities with a focus on helping indigenous populations and creating business enterprise opportunities for women.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born
    Born on June 19, 1974.
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