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Ivanka Trump

b. October 30, 1981

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Ivanka Trump until we are able to commission a full entry.

Ivanka Trump in 2011. Image courtesy of Rich Girard via Wikimedia Commons.

A longtime aide to her father and executive vice president of his company, Ivanka Trump is poised to become the most influential first daughter since Alice Roosevelt Longworth. As a teen, Trump had a modeling career, appearing on the cover of Seventeen in 1997 and doing several runway shows. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and briefly worked for Forest City Enterprises, a real estate company, before joining the Trump Organization, where she serves as executive vice president as of 2016. She made her first appearance as a judge on her father’s reality show The Apprentice in 2006, became a regular the following season, and also served as a judge on the spinoff, Celebrity Apprentice. In 2007 she launched her own line of designer jewelry. She converted to Judaism and married Jared Kushner in 2009, the same year she published her first book, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life. During the 2016 election, Ivanka Trump often served to soften the explosive rhetoric Donald Trump employed in his speeches, whether by her statements or simply by her existence as a strong, successful, Jewish woman at the heart of her father’s organization.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ivanka Trump." (Viewed on September 20, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/trump-ivanka>.

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