Caroline Kennedy

Born:November 27, 1957 (age 62)
Career:U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 2013-2017
Education:B.A. Harvard University; J.D. Columbia University

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is an author, attorney and diplomat who served as the United States ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017. She is the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy and the late First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Kennedy was born November 27, 1957, in Manhattan, New York. When Caroline was three years old, her father was sworn in as president of the United States. She was just short of her sixth birthday when her father was assassinated on November 22, 1963. In 1980, Kennedy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College, and in 1988 earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. After graduating, she was hired as a research assistant in the Film and Television Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Kennedy has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. In 1989, Kennedy and other members of her family created the Profile in Courage Award, which is given to a public official or officials whose actions demonstrate politically courageous leadership in the spirit of John F. Kennedy's book, "Profiles in Courage." She is president of the Kennedy Library Foundation and an adviser to the Harvard Institute of Politics. She is a member of the boards of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and is an honorary chair of the American Ballet Theatre.

In the 2000 presidential election, Kennedy supported Al Gore for the presidency and spoke at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. In the 2008 presidential election, she endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama for president, campaigning for him in Florida, Indiana, and Ohio; serving as co-chair of his Vice Presidential Search Committee; and addressing the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Although initially interested in in being appointed to Hillary Clinton's vacant Senate seat after Clinton was confirmed as U.S. secretary of state, Kennedy withdrew from consideration for personal reasons. In 2013, President Obama appointed Kennedy as the United States ambassador to Japan. Kennedy resigned as the ambassador to Japan shortly before Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States. She formally left Japan as ambassador on January 18, 2017. In August 2017, she was elected by Boeing to serve on their board of directors.

Kennedy and Ellen Alderman have written two books together on civil liberties: "In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action" (1991) and "The Right to Privacy" (1995). Kennedy has also edited several New York Times best-selling volumes: "The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis" (2001), "Profiles in Courage for Our Time" (2002), "A Patriot's Handbook" (2003) and "A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children" (2005). She is also the author of "A Family Christmas" (2007), a collection of poems, prose, and personal notes from her family history, and the editor of "She Walks In Beauty – A Woman's Journey Through Poems" (2011).