Hilary B. Rosen is a well-known strategist who navigates the intersection of communications, media, technology, entertainment and politics. At SKDKnickerbocker, she specializes in clients and issues that need high-octane assistance for a variety of public affairs challenges such as creating and executing large-scale campaigns, publicity and reputation management, mergers and acquisitions and crisis communications. She is also currently an on-air CNN analyst.
Hilary’s experience is broad. As the former chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), where she served for 17 years until 2003, she helped the music industry navigate the rocky waters of the digital transition. When she left RIAA she consulted for several technology companies including Facebook and Yahoo and several start-ups. With partners at Showtime, she started the first-ever online social network for women.
In 2007 until 2009 she was the political director and editor-at-large of HuffingtonPost.com where she helped to build the D.C. bureau, enhance political coverage, create partnerships and promote the online community. She was also a regular contributing writer with a progressive voice and pragmatic instincts. She previously worked for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne and has been an advisor to many Democratic elected officials over the years.
Hilary has been a leader in the LGBT movement for over 30 years. She has been recognized and awarded for key milestones in equality. Notably when the Windsor, Proposition 8 and Obergefell cases each headed to the Supreme Court, Hilary and her team at SKDK led the communication efforts.
Hilary’s ability to lead issue campaigns in Washington is profiled in the book “Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power” by The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reporters Gerald Seib and John Harwood. Throughout her career, Hilary has regularly been featured on power lists in a variety of sectors, including The New York Post’s Ladies Who Launch Entertainment Trends, Entertainment Weekly’s Annual Power List, The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 50 Women and The Washington Post’s Power 20.
She is the founder of Business Forward, the progressive network of leaders seeking change in Washington and Rock the Vote, the voter mobilization organization credited with increasing voter turnout among young people. She currently serves on several nonprofit boards including the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
She is a graduate of George Washington University with a degree in International Business and lives in Washington, D.C. with her twin teenagers.