Keynote Speaker

Michael D. McCurry

Mike McCurry is a partner at Public Strategies Washington, Inc., where he provides counsel on communications strategies and management to corporate and non-profit clients.

McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson with nearly 35 years of experience in Washington D.C. McCurry served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998). He also served as spokesman for the Department of State (1993-1995) and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988-1990). McCurry held a variety of leadership roles in national campaigns for the Democratic ticket from 1984 to 2004.

McCurry began his career on the staff of the United States Senate, working as press secretary to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and to the committee’s chairman, Senator Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (1976-1981). He also served as press secretary to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1981-1983).

McCurry serves on numerous boards or advisory councils including Share Our Strength, the Junior Statesmen Foundation, the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the Wesley Theological Seminary, and the United Methodist Commission on Communications. He is co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

McCurry received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1976 and a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in 1985. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology at Wesley Theological Seminary.