For nearly two decades, Kenneth Baer has worked at the intersection of policy, politics, ideas, and communications as a government official, adviser, writer, and entrepreneur. From January 2009 to July 2012, Ken was the Senior Advisor and Associate Director for Communications and Strategic Planning at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
In this role, Ken was part of a small leadership team that set the direction for and ran this White House office and Cabinet-level agency, and he advised the Director on policy decisions. He directed all strategic positioning and communications, new media activities, external affairs, and press relations for the agency and its key leadership. In addition to being an on-the-record Administration spokesman on a range of economic, fiscal, regulatory, management, and other policy issues, Ken was the lead writer and editor of the President’s Budget and ran every aspect of its rollout. As a senior OMB official, he worked closely with the White House press and communications teams, the Administration’s economic team, and officials throughout the executive branch. After leaving OMB, Ken ran the speechwriting operation at the Democratic convention in Charlotte. He has been named one of the Obama Administration’s "key decision makers” by NationalJournal and was profiled in Politico.
Before joining the Obama Administration, Ken co-founded and edited Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, a progressive quarterly, named in its inaugural year Best New Publication by the Independent Press Awards and recognized as an incubator of cutting-edge policy ideas. He also ran Baer Communications, LLC, where he wrote for and provided strategic communications counsel to Fortune 500 companies, major non-profit institutions, presidential campaigns, and elected officials at every level of government. In the Clinton Administration, Ken was a Special Assistant and speechwriter to FCC Chairman William Kennard and then Senior Speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore.
Ken is the author of Reinventing Democrats: The Politics of Liberalism from Reagan to Clinton (University Press of Kansas, 2000), the definitive history of the New Democrat movement. He has a doctorate in Politics from Oxford University, where he was a Sir John and Lady Thouron Scholar, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
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