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NYT Best-Selling Author & Co-Host, Pod Save America
Dan Pfeiffer is a former White House communications director, noted political and digital strategist, Pod Save America co-host, CNN contributor, and best-selling author. His New York Times #1 best-seller, 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 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. His newest book, Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again, 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. Read More >
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.” Read Less ^
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"It was great! The event was targeted to not only student, but members of our community as well. That's what ended up happening — we have quite a different demographic show up, most of which were adults that were alumni or people who found the event through social media. Very cool! Dan was entertaining and personable. Everyone who wanted to go meet and greet with him, which is always nice."
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