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Hilary Rosen is a well-known strategist who effectively navigates the worlds of media, communications, business and politics. She is Vice Chair of the award-winning public affairs agency SKDKnickerbocker and an on-air CNN analyst.
Hilary formerly served as chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the leading trade association of America’s record companies, where she helped drive the industry’s transition to a digital marketplace. After leaving RIAA after 16 years in 2003, she helped to launch the Washington, D.C. bureau of the Huffingpost.com and served as Political Director and Editor-at-Large. She consulted for several tech and media companies assisting with the development of policies for intellectual property, diversity and communications at Facebook, Showtime Networks, MTV and Apple Computer.
Currently, Hilary specializes in creating and executing large-scale public affairs campaigns, reputation management and crisis communications solutions for high-profile business and non-profit clients. She is an expert in crisis communications and has led projects with Starbucks, Pepsico, American Airlines, Pfizer, Herbalife, Planned Parenthood and many others. Hilary’s ability to campaign-manage issues in Washington is profiled in the book “Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power” by Wall Street Journal and CNBC reporters Gerald Seib and John Harwood.
Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and CNN.com. Prior to CNN, she was a political and business commentator at CNBC and MSNBC.
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, The Washington Post’s Power 20 and National Journal’s Power Women in Washington.
Hilary previously worked as Chief of Staff for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, as an assistant to New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne and has been an advisor to many elected officials over the years. Rosen started her career at Liz Robbins Associates.
Hilary is an entrepreneurial activist. She a co-founder of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund, the organization created in January 2018 by women in the entertainment industry to help survivors of sexual harassment in the workplace and works currently with TimesUp to promote equal opportunity and good policies in corporate America. She is a founder of Rock the Vote and Rap the Vote, two organizations credited with increasing voter education and turnout among young people and people of color and she is the founder of Business Forward, the network of centrist business leaders in Washington.
Hilary currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Howard University, The Center for American Progress Action Fund and LPAC. She is a grad of George Washington University and lives in Washington, DC.