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Second Lady of the United States (2009-2017)

Dr. Jill Biden: Biography at a Glance

  • Former Second Lady, worked to highlight military families’ sacrifices, the significance of community colleges, and issues important to women and children
  • English professor at Northern Virginia Community College
  • Hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges
  • Co-founded the Joining Forces initiative with former First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Founded the Biden Breast Health Initiative and the Biden Foundation with her husband
Second Lady of the United States (2009-2017)

Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the United States, is a mother and grandmother, a lifelong educator, a proud military mom, and an active member of her community.

Through her tenure as Second Lady to the present, Dr. Biden has worked to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future, and raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women and children, all while teaching English full-time at Northern Virginia Community College.

Dr. Biden has always said that community colleges are “one of America’s best kept secrets.” As a teacher, she sees how community colleges have changed the lives of so many of her students for the better. As Second Lady, she worked to underscore the critical role of community colleges in creating the best, most-educated workforce in the world. In 2012, she traveled across the country as part of the “Community College to Career” tour to highlight successful industry partnerships between community colleges and employers. In the fall of 2010, she hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama, and she continued to work on this outreach on behalf of the Administration – visiting campuses, meeting with students and teachers, as well as industry representatives around the country.

As a military mom, Dr. Biden understands firsthand how difficult it can be to have a loved one deployed overseas. Dr. Biden’s children’s book – Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops – was released in June 2012. Inspired by real-life events, the book tells the story of a military family’s experience with deployment through the eyes of Dr. Biden’s granddaughter, Natalie, during the year her father is deployed to Iraq. The book also includes resources about what readers can do to support military service members and their families.

Through their Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden issued a national challenge to all Americans to take action and find ways to support and engage our military families in their own communities. Joining Forces aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society – citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government – to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives. At JoiningForces.gov, Americans can find many ways to take action.

In 1993, after four of her friends were diagnosed with breast cancer, Dr. Biden started the Biden Breast Health Initiative in Delaware, which has educated more than 10,000 high school girls about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Dr. Biden and the Vice President have also served as the Honorary Co-Chairs for the Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. As Second Lady, Dr. Biden continued to stress the importance of breast cancer research and early detection.

With the February 2017 launch of the Biden Foundation, Jill Biden and her husband will continue their commitment to strengthening the middle class, protecting women and children against violence, and supporting community colleges and military families.

Dr. Biden has been an educator for more than three decades. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she taught English at a community college in Delaware, at a public high school and at a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. Dr. Biden earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware in January of 2007. Her dissertation focused on maximizing student retention in community colleges. She also has two Master's Degrees — both of which she earned while working and raising a family.

Jill and Joe’s daughter, Ashley, is a social worker and Executive Director of the Delaware Center for Justice; their son, Beau (1969-2015), was a lawyer, former Attorney General of the State of Delaware, and a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard; and the Bidens’ other son, Hunter, is a lawyer and Chairman of the World Food Program USA. They have a son-in-law, Howard, two daughters-in-law, Hallie and Kathleen, and are the proud grandparents of five incredible grandchildren: Naomi, Finnegan, Maisy, Natalie, and Hunter. The oldest of five sisters, Jill Jacobs was raised just outside of Philadelphia in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania by Bonny and Donald Jacobs, both of whom are now deceased.


“Dr. Biden was fantastic and incredibly well received by everyone. Standing ovation before and afterwards. Definitely the highlight of a very successful event across all 35 locations.”

California Teachers Summit

“She was phenomenal and brought the house down with her talk. We are deeply grateful to have had her on the program this year.”

Genentech, Inc.

“Thank you again for Dr. Biden. She was gracious with her time, her speech and message was perfect for the event, and was well delivered and received!”

The Smith Center for Performing Arts

“I was so impressed with how warm Jill Biden was. She spoke as if she was speaking to you personally. She was smart and really connected on a down to earth level.”

Woman to Woman

“It was terrific, poignant, moving, galvanizing and generated a wave of resonance with every guest present.Dr.Bidenwas gracious,thoughtful and inspiring.”

Bay Ecotarium

“Jill was AMAZING (I’m not surprised)! They absolutely loved her.”


“Jill was wonderful. A few in our audience were even moved to tears.”

Junior League San Antonio

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