Ashley Biden

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Ashley Biden
Biden in 2013
Ashley Blazer Biden

(1981-06-08) June 8, 1981 (age 42)
EducationTulane University (BA)
University of Pennsylvania (MSW)
Political partyDemocratic
Howard Krein (m. 2012)
FamilyBiden family

Ashley Blazer Biden (born June 8, 1981) is an American social worker, activist, philanthropist, and fashion designer. She served as the executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice from 2014 to 2019. Biden also worked in the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families.

Early life and family[change | change source]

Ashley Blazer Biden was born on June 8, 1981, in Wilmington, Delaware[1][2] to then U.S. Senator Joe Biden and Jill Biden.[3] She is the half-sister of Beau Biden, Hunter Biden, and Naomi Biden, from her father's first marriage to Neilia Hunter Biden.[4][5]

Biden is a great-great-granddaughter of Edward Francis Blewitt.[6] She is of English, French, and Irish descent on her father's side and English, Scottish, and Italian descent on her mother's side.[7][8][9]

Biden was raised Catholic and was baptized in Greenville, Delaware.[10][11] During her childhood, her father served in the United States Senate from Delaware and her mother worked as an teacher.[12][13]

Biden attended Wilmington Friends School, a private school run by the Religious Society of Friends in Wilmington.[14][13][15] She was on her school's lacrosse and field hockey teams.[16] When she was in elementary school, she discovered cosmetics products on animals. She wrote a letter to the company asking them to change their policy on animal testing.[17]

Education and career[change | change source]

Biden studied cultural anthropology at Tulane University.[3] During her freshman year of college, she worked at Girls Incorporated as a camp counselor.[18] She also worked as a intern at a summer program at Georgetown University, working with youth from Anacostia.[18] After college, Biden worked as a waitress at a pizza shop in Wilmington for a few months before starting her career in social work.[13]

She moved to Kensington, Philadelphia and started a job as a clinical support specialist at the Northwestern Human Services Children's Reach Clinic, helping children and their families with getting resources and working directly with psychiatrists and therapists.[18][13]

She earned a master's of social work degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in 2010.[15][17] She was one of twelve graduates who received the John Hope Franklin combating American Racism Award.[19]

Social work and activism[change | change source]

Biden works as a social justice activist and social worker.[16] She worked as a social worker in the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families for fifteen years.[17][3] While working for the department, Biden created programs for youth focusing on juvenile justice, foster care, and mental health.[17] In 2012, she joined the Delaware Center for Justice as an associate director, focusing on criminal justice reform in the state.[17][12][4]

She founded the YoungArt program that provides resources for students to create artwork while they are detained in detention facilities, and then sells the art in the community.[18] Through the program, Biden also teaches the students business and financial literacy skills.[18]

Fashion[change | change source]

In 2017, Biden launched the Livelihood Collection, a fashion clothing brand, at Spring Place in TriBeCa during New York Fashion Week.[20][17][21][22] The launch event was attended by Biden's parents and celebrities including Olivia Palermo and Christian Siriano.[23][24] The brand grouped with Gilt Groupe and Aubrey Plaza to raise $30,000 for the Delaware Community Foundation.[17][25][26] Livelihood's logo was inspired by her half-brother Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015.[27][28]

Biden created the brand to help combat income inequality and racial inequality in the United States.[17][12] She decided to design hoodies due to their connection to the Labor Movement to help towards social justice movements.[29][30] The brand's website gives information about civic engagement and economic justice.[29][31]

In June 2020, Biden designed the uniforms for the staff at the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as an offshoot of her Livelihood Collection[27][32][33]

Personal life[change | change source]

Biden and her father dancing at her wedding.

In 2010, she began dating Howard Krein, a plastic surgeon after being introduced by her eldest brother, Beau.[34] They got married at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine in 2012.[17][3][35]

References[change | change source]

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  2. Phillips, Hedy (May 14, 2020). "Get to Know All of Joe Biden's Kids and Grandkids!". POPSUGAR Family.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Ashley Biden and Howard Krein (Published 2012)". The New York Times. June 3, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 McBride, Jessica (August 21, 2020). "Ashley Biden, Joe's Daughter: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know".
  5. Igoe, Katherine J. (September 28, 2020). "Joe Biden's Youngest Daughter, Ashley, Lives the Most Low-Key Life of His Kids". Marie Claire.
  6. Gehman, Geoff (May 3, 2012). "Vice President Joe Biden Discusses American Innovation". Lafayette College. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
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  8. Witcover, Jules (October 11, 2010). "Joe Biden : a life of trial and redemption". New York : William Morrow/HarperCollins – via Internet Archive.
  9. Roberts, Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne (June 1, 2009). "Obamas' Chow: Politically Palatable". The Washington Post.
  10. "Biden's daughter marries into the tribe".
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  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Ashley Biden Takes On The World". August 22, 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Politico (December 18, 2014). "Women Rule Keynote: Vice President Joe Biden". Retrieved October 11, 2020 – via YouTube.
  14. M. Kristen Hefner. "An interview with Ashley Biden" (PDF). NVPA. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Ashley Biden, Daughter of the Vice President, to Speak at Rutgers' School of Social Work Convocation".
  16. 16.0 16.1 Calderon, Kelsie (November 26, 2019). "Ashley Biden's transformation is seriously turning heads".
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  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 "Interview" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  19. Writer, By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff (May 18, 2010). "At Penn, Biden speaks at daughter's graduation".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  20. Safronova, Valeriya (February 8, 2017). "Joe Biden Drops by a Fashion Party. The Reason? His Daughter. (Published 2017)". The New York Times – via
  21. Bourne, Leah (21 February 2017). "Ashley Biden's New Sweatshirt Line Is Style With a Powerful Social Conscience". Glamour.
  22. Shiffer, Emily (September 29, 2020). "Everything You Need To Know About Joe Biden's Four Children Before Tonight's Debate". Women's Health.
  23. "Joe Biden's Fashion Designer Daughter Just Raised The Normcore Bar". Grazia. 2017.
  24. "Joe Biden Takes Over New York Fashion Week With Gilt". Guest of a Guest.
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  26. "Joe Biden Supports Daughter Ashley's Debut at New York Fashion Week -- See the Adorable Pics!". 7 February 2017.
  27. 27.0 27.1 "She may join her father's campaign closer to 2020, but for now, Ashley Biden's focused on economic equality and hoodies". 6 February 2017.
  28. Abraham, Tony (February 9, 2017). "Here's what went down at the NYC launch of Ashley Biden's charitable clothing line". Delaware.
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Ashley Biden Shows Ivanka Trump How to Make American Fashion Great Again". EcoWatch. February 13, 2017.
  30. "How Joe Biden's daughter is giving back with her new hoodie line". 10 February 2017.
  31. Mignucci, Melanie (10 February 2017). "Joe Biden's Daughter Launched Clothing That's ACTUALLY Made in the U.S." Teen Vogue.
  32. "What Will Her Dad's Campaign Mean for Ashley Biden's Fashion Line?". August 12, 2019.
  33. Givhan, Robin. "Ashley Biden knows a presidential campaign is coming. For now, she's talking hoodies and economic inequality" – via
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  35. "Ashley Biden, daughter of U.S. Vice President, marries Jewish doctor". Haaretz.