Bill Burton, former Deputy White House Press Secretary to speak with Rose Institute students on April 13 at 6:00 pm (Kravis Center 437)

Burton-Bill-400x575Mr. Bill Burton is a renowned strategist who has served as a senior adviser to political leaders, corporations and nonprofits in California, Washington, D.C., and around the country.

Mr. Burton was one of the first hires on President Obama’s first presidential campaign where he was the national press secretary beginning in January 2007. He served in the Obama administration as deputy White House press secretary and special assistant to the president. In that capacity, he traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, advising the president, briefing reporters both on Air Force One and at the podium in the White House briefing room. Most recently, he co-founded and served as senior strategist for the super PAC Priorities USA Action during President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012.

During the 2006 electoral cycle, in which Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, Mr. Burton worked as Rahm Emanuel’s communications director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Before that, he served as a communications adviser to Rep. Dick Gephardt, Senators John Kerry and Tom Harkin and others.

Mr. Burton is currently Managing Director of SKDKnickerbocker, a progressive public affairs and political consulting firm that specializes in working for Democratic Party politicians. SKDK brings unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, philanthropic organizations, labor unions, and political committees and candidates.