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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Assistant: Steve Walker

Stephen Krupin has served as a top communications advisor to the President of the United States, U.S. Secretary of State, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader. He has written for and coached the heads of iconic brands and philanthropies, Nobel laureates and Hall of Famers, and everyday people advocating for important causes.

Stephen served in the White House as a senior speechwriter to President Barack Obama, director of speechwriting on Obama’s re-election campaign, chief speechwriter to Secretary John Kerry and chief speechwriter to Senator Harry Reid, for whom he was also an on-record spokesman. He worked in the press and writing operations on the 2008 Obama campaign and at three Democratic National Conventions.

In these roles, Stephen has helped leaders frame the fights of our time in communities across the country and in capitals around the world, as well as before large audiences on “60 Minutes,” the TED Talk stage, and the New York Times opinion page.

From the executive communications practice he launched at the national public affairs and political media firm SKDK, Stephen partners with C-suite executives, elected officials, and nonprofit leaders to help them tell compelling stories through research-driven message development, keynote speeches, media training, crisis communications, and advertising. 

In addition to his extensive ghostwriting experience, Stephen’s own bylined commentary has been published in outlets including The Washington Post, New York Magazine and Sports Illustrated; he has appeared on HBO, CNN, NPR, and the BBC; and he frequently conducts workshops at communications conferences around the globe.

Before joining the Harvard Kennedy School as an adjunct lecturer in public policy, Stephen taught the graduate-level speechwriting courses at Georgetown, George Washington, and American universities.



Assistant: Steve Walker



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