At the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, Chelsea Clinton spoke about how her parents taught her the importance of public service.
“I am here as a proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother and in particular a very, very proud daughter,” she told the convention.
The former first daughter added that her mother always showed her “public service is about service.”
Chelsea, 35, serves as Vice Chair of the recently renamed “Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation,” where she took a lead role in the final years of her mother’s time at the State Department.
Here’s more on Chelsea’s career, and role within the Clinton Foundation:
1. She Is Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
Chelsea has taken a more prominent role at the Clinton Foundation in recent years, and is currently vice chair.
Established by her father, former president Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation has a mission to improve global health, boost economic growth, empower women and combat climate change. However, the foundation has faced increased scrutiny for accepting gifts from foreign and corporate entities, and posing a conflict of interest.
The 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity accepted money from foreign governments and from those interested in conducting business with foreign governments while Hillary Clinton served as a U.S. senator, U.S. secretary of state and a presidential candidates. The donations have raised questions about the foundation’s ethics. In August, the New York Times even called on the Clinton Foundation to stop accepting gifts from foreign countries and for all Clinton family members to step down from their roles in the organization.
However, Chelsea is still very involved in the foundation. According to its website, she works to drive the vision and programmatic work of the foundation.
The Clinton Foundation lists Chelsea’s work across a number of the its programs including: No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project working to advance the full participation of women and girls; the Clinton Global Initiative University; the Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action program which she founded; the Foundation’s various health programs and the conservation of Africa’s Elephants through the Clinton Global Initiative.
The Full Participation Report has been a main focus for Chelsea, which gathers data to analyze the gains for women over the last two decades, as well as the current gaps in equality. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined forces with the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to gather 850,000 data points, spanning more than 20 years, from over 190 countries, according to No Ceilings.
2. She Earned an Annual Salary of $600,000 at NBC News
Chelsea Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News, according to Politico. Clinton was hired as a special correspondent in 2011 to work on projects for “NBC Nightly News” and Brian Williams’ newsmagazine, “Rock Center.” Her reports were part of NBC News’s “Making a Difference” series.
NBC News faced criticism following the hire, due to the the high-paying position and Clinton’s lack of journalism experience. The company faced similar criticism in 2009, when they hired Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, as a special correspondent for the “Today” show.
Her $600,000 contract came up for renewal in 2014, according to Politico, but the network decided to place her on a month-to-month arrangement in case her mother declared for the 2016 presidential race.
Clinton announced in August 2014, a month before the birth of her first child, that she would be leaving NBC to focus on philanthropic work at the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
“It is frustrating, because who wants to grow up and follow their parents? I’ve tried really hard to care about things that were very different from my parents … it’s a funny thing to realize I feel called to this work, both as a daughter and also as someone who believes I have contributions to make,” the former first daughter told the New York Daily News.
The New York Times reports “she remains on the board of IAC/InterActiveCorp, a digital media company overseen by Barry Diller, a longtime Clinton supporter.” In 2011, that position paid an annual retainer of $50,000 and a $250,000 grant of restricted stock, according to the New York Times.
Chelsea has a net worth estimated at $15 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Her husband, Marc Mezvinsky is an investment banker who has a net worth that is also estimated at $15 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Mezvinsky earned his net worth as an investment banker at the New York-based firm Goldman Sachs and while working at the New York hedge fund company, 3G Capital.
3. She Is on the Campaign Trail
The former and potentially future first daughter has taken a lead role in her mother’s 2016 presidential campaign, and has been active on the campaign trail.
Most recently, Chelsea made a stop in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday to discuss college affordability. Clinton talked about her mother’s plan for the “new college compact” which would make community college free for anyone, and public in-state school tuition free for those in families making less than $85,000 a year.
Chelsea has also frequently spoken about women’s rights issues, and clean energy.
William Chafe, a historian at Duke University who has spent decades studying the Clintons told The Washington Times that Chelsea and her father could help raise Hillary’s favorability.
“I think that most people still find Bill eminently likable and engaging. Unlike Hillary, he does not come off as being a closed personality, always seeking to protect her private self. Ironically, even though he is the one guilty of deceit and overt violations of social rules of etiquette, she is the one people do not trust,” Chafe told the paper. “Chelsea is a more neutral figure, an attractive personality and a young mother.”
In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Chelsea urged millennial voters to register to vote, and educate themselves on each of the candidates.
She told the magazine:
I would just urge voters — and particularly young voters — to look at what the candidates are saying because I do think this is the most important presidential election of my lifetime, and I think everything we each care about — recognizing that we all care about different things — but everything we each care about is really at stake, and I think there are just very, very clear differences across all the candidates, and who’s really prepared and ready to lead our country, and I would argue my mom is head and shoulders above everyone else.
4. Her Speaking Fee Is $65,000
Chelsea Clinton’s speaking fee may be more than the average American annual income, however it pales in comparison to her mother’s.
According to a report from The Washington Post, the University of Missouri-Kansas City balked at a $275,000 quote for a one-time speaking fee from Hillary Clinton’s office in 2014.
The Post states the university opted for the former first daughter instead. They paid Chelsea $65,000 for a brief appearance in February 2014, according to the article. She spoke for 10 minutes, participated in a 20-minute Q&A session and posed for pictures.
A spokesman for Chelsea Clinton told the Post that she directed her speaking fee toward the Clinton Foundation.
5. She Is the Mother of 2
Chelsea has been married to Marc Mezvinsky since 2010. They have two children: Charlotte who recently turned two-years old and Aidan, who was just born in June.
In a Clinton campaign video, Chelsea said she wishes to give Charlotte “the same gift of imagination and kind of sense of possibility that my mom gave me.”
Chelsea opened up about how life had changed following the birth of her first child, Charlotte.
In a 2015 interview with Elle, she said:
Marc and I are like, “What did we do before we were parents?” My whole life is reoriented around my daughter in the most blessed sense. I now understand—this is something else that Marc and I talk about all the time—all of the enthusiastic, bombastically spectacular, wonderful things people say about their children, because we also feel and think all those things about Charlotte—that she is just the most remarkable little bubbly, perfect, chunky monkey creature ever.