Senior Vice President & Director of Executive Communications
Stephen Krupin helps leaders tell the authentic stories they need to tell in order to sell the ideas they want to sell.
He served as a top speechwriter in the White House, State Department and U.S. Senate, and has written for and coached dozens of principals in politics, business, philanthropy and advocacy. Stephen has prepared leaders to inspire audiences on the campaign trail and at commencement ceremonies, promote innovative ideas at the World Economic Forum and South by Southwest, and deliver effective messages on “60 Minutes.” He’s worked with them to frame the fights of our time from the Rose Garden and U.N. Security Council to the Senate floor and the steps of the Supreme Court, and even get a few laughs at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
As the director of SKDKnickerbocker’s Executive Communications practice, Stephen partners with C-suite executives, elected officials and nonprofit leaders to achieve their strategic objectives from behind the podium and in front of the camera. Previously, he was a senior speechwriter to President Barack Obama in the White House and director of speechwriting on his re-election campaign, policy advisor and chief speechwriter to Secretary of State John Kerry, and chief speechwriter and press secretary to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He has worked in the writers’ room and media operation at three Democratic National Conventions and served as a Florida press secretary on President Obama’s 2008 campaign. Stephen began his career as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Stephen also is an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches speechwriting, and has taught graduate-level courses at Georgetown, George Washington and American universities. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, earned a master’s degree from the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project.