Cody Keenan was President Barack Obama’s director of speechwriting from 2013 to 2016.
He has a degree in political science from Northwestern University. After graduation, he worked as an unpaid intern in Ted Kennedy’s office. Then he got a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In 2008, he worked in the Obama presidential campaign. He began his work in the White House as a presidential speechwriter in 2009. His next position there was special assistant to the President and deputy director of speechwriting. Then in 2013, he became an assistant to the President and the director of speechwriting.
In our interview, he describes what must have been a challenging job because so many constituencies want to provide feedback and suggestions in the president’s speeches.
He is currently a partner at Fenway, a speechwriting and strategic communications firm. He is also a visiting professor at Northwestern. Take a look at his LinkedIn profile: the cover photo says “One voice can change the world.”
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