Hilary Rosen

Managing Director at SKDKnickerbocker LLC

Hilary Rosen

Hilary Rosen

Managing Director at SKDKnickerbocker LLC

Biography

Ms. Hilary Rosen, a member since 2019, is a well-known Washington, D.C., strategist who navigates the intersection of communications, media and politics. She is currently an on-air CNN political analyst and a partner at SKDKnickerbocker, the 2016 Holmes Report Public Affairs Agency of the year. She is a well-known advocate for women’s issues, LGBT issues and progressive causes. She is a founding co-chair 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.

Ms. Rosen is the former chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the leading trade association of America’s record companies, where she served from 1987 to 2003 and helped the music industry navigate the rocky waters of the digital transition. She left RIAA and helped to start the D.C. bureau of the Huffington Post as political director and editor-at-large for two years. She also consulted for several tech and media companies expanding into online entertainment, such as Facebook, Showtime Networks, MTV and Apple. Prior to CNN, she was a political commentator at CNBC and MSNBC.

Ms. Rosen 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 Democratic elected officials over the years. Her close association with Senator Feinstein goes back to her days as the City of San Francisco’s Washington representative when Feinstein was mayor, and Rosen started her career at Liz Robbins Associates.

At SKDKnickerbocker, Ms. Rosen specializes in clients and issues that need high-octane assistance for a variety of public affairs challenges, such as creating and executing large-scale campaigns, reputation management and crisis communications. For example, SKDKnickerbocker was selected by Edie Windsor’s legal team to lead the public relations efforts behind the successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (United States v. Windsor, 2013). SKDK was recognized by Out Magazine, which placed her on its 2013 Out100 list, and the team won several awards for their work. Notably when the Obergefell case went to the Supreme Court two years later and legalized same-sex marriage, Ms. Rosen and SKDK led the communication efforts. Planned Parenthood hired Rosen to help manage the 2015 undercover videos controversy. Her work extends to important corporate efforts as well. Ms. Rosen was the lead D.C. strategist guiding the public affairs issues for the merger between American Airlines and US Airways and when a nutrition company was being attacked by a Wall Street short-seller, Ms. Rosen led the political defense in Washington and across the states.

Ms. Rosen’s ability to lead issue campaigns in Washington is profiled in the book “Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power” by The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reporters Gerald Seib and John Harwood. Throughout her career, she 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 and The Washington Post’s Power 20.

Ms. Rosen is the founder of Business Forward, the progressive network of leaders seeking change in Washington, and Rock the Vote, the voter mobilization organization credited with increasing voter turnout among young people. She currently serves on several nonprofit boards including the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Ms. Rosen is a graduate of George Washington University with a degree in international business and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Number of Boards

3

Birthday

01/01/1958

Age

63

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Chief Executive Officer at The Creative Coalition

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President & Director at The Creative Coalition

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Senior Vice President, Healthy California at California Endowment

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Professor at Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy

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President at Wyss Foundation

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Founder at Catalist LLC

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Founder at Cool Globes, Inc.

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Founder at Center for American Progress

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Faculty Director at Georgetown University - Center on Poverty and Inequality at School of Law

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Member, Board of Directors at NARAL Pro-Choice America, Inc.

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Managing Director at SKDKnickerbocker LLC
Career History
Managing Director
Current

SKDKnickerbocker provides public relations and communications services. It provides strategic advice, public relations, crisis communications, advertising, direct mail, and research to national and international companies, advocacy organizations, associations, leading non-profit organizations. The company was founded by Bill Knapp in 1993 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Board Member
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The Creative Coalition is a nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Political Donations
$1,000
2014

Former Surrogate at Barack Obama's Campaign for President of United States, 2012

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2014

Former Surrogate at Barack Obama's Campaign for President of United States, 2012

$1,000
2013

Former Governor at Virginia Office of the Governor, Terry McAuliffe

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Founded in 2016, The Wing is a growing community of women across the country and globe, gathering together to work, connect, and thrive.

Events
Speaker
Los Angeles, CA, United States
2005 Milken Institute Global Conference

The 2005 Milken Institute Global Conference brings together some of the most extraordinary people in the world - from entrepreneurs and executives to philanthropists, scientists and Nobel laureates. Together they explore solutions to today's most pressing social, political and economic challenges.

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Hilary Rosen is affiliated with SKDKnickerbocker LLC, The Creative Coalition

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