Like her parents she is passionately committed to everything she does.
by Susana Ramudo
When your parents are Bill and Hillary Clinton, it could be difficult to shine on your light. However, Chelsea Clinton has inherited her father´s charisma and her mother´s discipline, and is demonstrating her willingness and ability to change the world.
Those who know her personally remark that Chelsea is in fact a young woman that behaves like others from her generation with dreams, professional ambitions and an exceptional relationship with her parents.
1. Chelsea Clinton.
2. Bill and Chelsea Clinton in Kigali (Ruanda).
Born on February 27, 1980 in Arkansas, Chelsea Victoria Clinton is the only daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Stanford University and Masters from Oxford and Columbia University.
Chelsea adapted with incredible ease to life in the White House during her father’s presidency. We saw her grow in the public eye, and her evolution as a young woman couldn’t have been more poised and why not, normal. In December 2007, she became involved with her mother’s bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the US. She went on the road and gave speeches that mobilized the youth vote, something that came with ease. After all she was born during her father’s first term as Governor of Arkansas and has followed countless national campaigns since then.
Like her parents she is passionately committed to everything she does. After graduation she joined the private sector, working for McKinsey & Company, Avenue Capital Group and New York University.
1. Former President Clinton and daughter Chelsea during a visit with Nelson Mandela.
2. Chelsea Clinton planting a tree in Garden the Qunu community (South Africa, with the former South African first lady Graca Machel.
In November 2011, NBC announced that it had hired Chelsea for a three-month period as special correspondent in charge of the segment "Making a Difference" of the NBC Nightly News broadcast. The contract was renewed in 2012, despite some criticism. Some argued that her collaboration with NBC was "out of place", while for others it was the perfect job, given the experience she had accumulated over the years, and the inspiring stories she had access to. Chelsea said she wanted to use her voice to tell other people’s stories.
Her accomplishments to date would be considered great achievements for any girl her age. However, Clinton decided to go beyond in her philanthropic duties, collaborating with several nonprofit initiatives and joining her parents on different trips around the world, like the ones to Uganda and South Africa or to visit rural clinics in Rwanda in 2008 and 2012.
Additionally, she is a Member of the Board at the School of American Ballet, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Common Sense Media, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Weill Cornell Medical College and IAC/InterActiveCorp, and she also collaborates with her father at the Walkabout Foundation. She joined the Board of the Clinton Foundation a few years ago.
1. Mozambican Children sharing their stories and pictures with Chelsea Clinton.
2. Chelsea Clinton speaking with the Sisters of Charity, an organization founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who cares for children orphaned and affected by HIV.
Currently, she concentrates her philanthropic efforts around Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, jobs she carries out with increasing dedication because she knows that in 20 or 30 years, the humanitarian legacy of her father will be in her hands.
Chelsea shares her life with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker, son of a Democrat congressman. They were married on July 31, 2010 in New York. Both love Manhattan, and live in the Flatiron District. Like any other NY couple their age: Chelsea loves to run every day, read the newspaper in local cafes and take the subway on Sunday to go to the movies with her husband. ■
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