Monday night, April 11, 2011, the Georgetown University College Democrats will honor White House Communications director Dan Pfeiffer as alumnus of the year. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown with a B.A. in Government in 1998. Pfeiffer told Time Magazine that he credits his classmates for “fueling his interest in government.”
During Obama’s 2008 campaign, Pfeiffer served as traveling press secretary, deputy communications director and communications director. At age 33, Pfeiffer became White House communications director in January 2009 after serving as deputy communications director under Anita Dunn. He has formerly worked for ex-Vice President Al Gore, former-Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), former-Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), and former-Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD). He was Al Gore’s spokesman during the 2000 presidential campaign.
Pfeiffer, by his own recollection, exclaimed “Shut up! He said what?” upon hearing Sen. John McCain’s comment that “the fundamentals of the economy are strong” on the day that Lehman Brothers collapsed. Pfeiffer was a key player in seizing on those comments in what became a pivotal moment during the 2008 campaign.
Pfeiffer is known as the first communications director to also be a blogger: he emphasized to the New York Times that the White House is always focusing on how the “media has become interactive” and “we are trying to find innovative ways to engage that discussion,” using social networking like Facebook and Twitter. You can read Pfeiffer on the White House blog and follow him on Twitter @pfeiffer44.
Pfeiffer is from Wilmington, Delaware and is married to Sarah Feinberg, current director of communications and business development at Bloomberg News and former Senior Advisor to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (January 2009-June 2010), Communications Director to the House Democratic Caucus (2007-2008), and DCCC Press Secretary (2005-2006).
Pfeiffer will join the College Dems Monday night at 7 pm in ICC 662 to be honored as alumnus of the year.