by Stephani Simmons
March 8, 2016
Top Political Strategist, Senior Advisor to President Obama, and Media Commentator
A trusted advisor to America’s most powerful democratic leaders, Stephanie Cutter shares an insider’s perspective on today’s political headlines and the upcoming race for the White House. Called “one of the most prominent voices in the [Democratic] party, and one of its top strategists and crisis managers” by POLITICO, her political and communications experience spans two decades in both the public and private sectors. The New York Times called her “the polished, sometimes scarily organized strategist who gets things done” who “has a long and favorable reputation with some of the most influential journalists and opinion makers in Washington.” GQ named her one of the “50 Most Powerful People in Washington.”
Cutter has been at the center of every major policy and political debate for the last 20 years. One of the country’s preeminent strategists, she is revered for her gritty perseverance and straightforward approach to analyzing the difficult issues and political headlines of the day. A frequent face on CNN, she is currently a political commentator on the network and a former Crossfire co-host. From her unique vantage point, she offers an enlightening look at the current state of politics.
Getting the Right Message Heard in the White House and on Capitol Hill. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail and from the West Wing to the C-Suite, Cutter is one of the foremost experts at weaving together political strategies to create a winning narrative. As the Atlantic notes, “Cutter’s ability to drive home a message with force and clarity is prized.” She served as deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign, deploying ground-breaking techniques to reach the American people and steer the campaign to victory.
Before joining the campaign, Cutter was a deputy senior adviser to President Obama, overseeing White House communications strategy. She crafted the confirmation strategy for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and helped create the First Lady’s successful Let’s Move! campaign. In 2009, she served as counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, handling the strategy behind Obama’s Financial Stability Plan. Prior to that, Cutter was the chief spokesperson for the Obama-Biden transition team and served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff for the 2008 campaign.
From 2005–2006, She also served as a senior strategist and advisor to Senators Harry Reid (then-minority leader), John Kerry, and Edward M. Kennedy. In this dual role, she crafted and managed a strategic messaging campaign that led to the Democratic takeover in the 2006 midterm elections. In fall of 2003, the John Kerry brought in Cutter to develop a communications plan to reposition him for victory in the Democratic primaries. After the campaign’s come-from-behind upset, she worked as communications director for his presidential bid. From 1994–2001, she also held several positions in the Clinton Administration including White House deputy communications director.
Developing a Precise Strategy. She is a founding partner of Precision Strategies, which specializes in data-driven branding, message, digital, and grassroots mobilizing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, private organizations, non-profits and political campaigns.