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Dan  Pfeiffer

Dan Pfeiffer

NYT Best-Selling Author & Co-Host, Pod Save America


Dan Pfeiffer

NYT Best-Selling Author & Co-Host, Pod Save America



Dan Pfeiffer is a former White House communications director, noted political strategist and digital strategist, CNN contributor and bestselling author. His New York Times #1 bestseller, Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump is a colorful account of how politics, the media and the internet changed during the Obama presidency alongside the evolution of social media. Along with fellow White House veterans Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, he is also co-host of the popular progressive podcast, Pod Save America, a self-described “no-bull**** conversation about politics” with more than 300 million downloads. Pod Save America also became a series of popular live HBO specials providing coverage of the 2018 midterm elections.

Pfeiffer’s newest book, Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook and the MAGA Media Are Destroying America, explains how to combat political disinformation and dangerous lies of the right-wing propaganda machine. He is also the author of Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again, which offers readers three critical insights: first, Trump is not an aberration, but rather the logical extension of the modern Republican Party; second, how Democrats can defeat Trump in 2020; and third, preventing the likes of Trump from ever happening again with a plan to fix democracy.

One of President Barack Obama’s longest-serving advisors, Pfeiffer joined his presidential campaign at the outset, serving first as traveling press secretary and eventually, as the campaign’s communications director. He entered the White House as Deputy Communications Director and, by the end of 2009, had risen to Communications Director. Pfeiffer held that post until his appointment as Senior Advisor in early 2013. In this role, he focused on communications, political and digital strategy.

Pfeiffer is credited with breaking new ground utilizing social media like Twitter, Facebook, Medium and Instagram, helping to transition the communications apparatus into the digital age. From interviews by YouTube stars to the famous “Between Two Ferns” video with Zach Galifinanakis, Pfeiffer was a key force in expanding the range of nontraditional venues that the President used to communicate with the public. In addition to his campaign and White House experience, Pfeiffer is a former Vice President of Communications and Policy at GoFundMe. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Combining, wit, humor, inspiration, spot-on political instincts and formidable storytelling, Pfeiffer takes audiences inside Washington politics, working in the White House and the adrenalin rush of high-stakes political campaigns. A self-described “process truster,” Pfeiffer infuses all of his talks with his energizing optimism for America’s political system and the importance of getting involved. As Pfeiffer’s Pod Save America co-hosts have praised, “Dan is one of the most brilliant observers of politics and media in America, and he’s never lost faith in the idea that activism and public service are noble, worthwhile pursuits—especially for young people who want to make a difference.”

Speaker Videos

The Future of Campaigning

Steps for Making Necessary Change

Today Show: ‘Pod Save America’ Podcast

Lesson from Donald Trump Campaign

Speech Topics

Inside the Fishbowl: A Look at What’s Happening in D.C. & How It Affects You

The Digital Age: How to Leverage Social Media & Technology to Get Your Message Out & Build Your Brand

New Media: The Changing Landscape of Communications in America (and what it means to you and your organization)

Lessons Learned from 8 Years Working for Barack Obama from the Campaign Trail to the White House