Ed Gillespie

Former Counselor to President George W. Bush and Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee

Ed Gillespie is a communications strategist advising leaders in business, politics and government. Mr. Gillespie has been a national and state party chair, top White House and Congressional aide, and Republican nominee for both the U.S. Senate and Governor in his home state of Virginia. He recently accepted a position at Sard Verbinnen, the financial communications firm, as chairman of its new public affairs practice in Washington, D.C.

As Republican National Committee chair in the 2004 election cycle, Mr. Gillespie became the first GOP chair in 80 years to preside over his party’s winning the White House, House and Senate. From 1999 to 2008, he served as a political strategist, press secretary or senior communications advisor to several Republicans, including counselor to former President George W. Bush.

This spring, Mr. Gillespie was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, teaching about the intersection of policy and politics. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.