Dr. Jill Biden on the campaign trail
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is a mother, grandmother, and lifelong educator. The oldest of five sisters, Dr. Biden was raised in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, by Bonny and Donald Jacobs. Dr. Biden earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware in January of 2007 and has been a full-time English professor at Northern Virginia Community College since 2009. She’s also taught English at a community college in Delaware, a public high school, and a psychiatric hospital for adolescents.
As Second Lady, Dr. Biden works to bring attention to the sacrifices military families make for our country, to highlight the importance of community colleges, and to raise awareness about women’s issues, especially early detection of breast cancer.
As a mother of an Army National Guardsman who was deployed to Iraq, Dr. Biden understands how difficult it can be to have a loved one stationed overseas. In Delaware, she was active with the nonprofit organization Delaware Boots on the Ground, which provides resources to military families during times of deployment. Together, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden founded the Joining Forces initiative, which encourages all Americans to support military families in their communities.
Dr. Biden has worked to highlight the critical role of community colleges in providing educational and job training opportunities for students who intend to transfer to four-year schools or those looking to supplement their job skills. She chaired the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges and continues to visit campuses and meet with students and teachers around the country.
Dr. Biden started the Biden Breast Health Initiative, which since 1993 has educated more than 20,000 high school girls about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. For the past three years, Dr. Biden and the Vice President have served as the honorary co-chairs for the Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Biden and Vice President Biden have three children: Ashley, Beau, and Hunter. They also have two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.