Anita Dunn

Anita Dunn, one of the nation’s premier communications and political strategists, is a partner and founding member of SKDK. Anita brings decades of experience managing and winning political and advocacy campaigns and advising our nation’s leaders at the highest levels of government.

Anita most recently served as a Senior Advisor to President Joe Biden. In that role, Anita advised on overall strategy and messaging during the beginning of the President’s term, overseeing successful landmark legislative priorities and helping the President navigate through once-in-a-lifetime crises. Prior to that, Anita served as a Senior Advisor to the Biden-Harris presidential campaign, advising on all aspects of the campaign, including messaging, debate preparation, and overall strategy, helping lead the Biden-Harris ticket to its historic win.

Anita was a chief strategist to former President Barack Obama, as a senior campaign advisor and as the White House Communications Director. Anita oversaw all communications strategy and messaging and helped the former President navigate a complex legislative and political landscape early in his administration.

Named one of Washingtonian’s most powerful women in 2019, Anita has broken barriers and holds a unique role in Washington, having been the only person who has served as a senior advisor of the winning campaigns for two different presidents. Anita also served in a variety of senior roles for other key Democrats throughout her career, including Tom Daschle, Bill Bradley, and Evan Bayh.

At SKDK, Anita specializes in leading progressive and issue advocacy campaigns, providing media strategy to elected officials, CEOs, and political candidates, and crafting winning message strategies for nonprofits and corporations.

Anita lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband Bob Bauer and enjoys spending time with their children and grandchildren.