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Karen Finney
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Karen Finney is an independent consultant working with political and corporate clients in the areas of political and communication strategy, message development, media training, crisis communications, branding, thought leadership development and public affairs. Karen brings more than 16 years of experience in national politics and campaigns ranging from the Clinton Administration to New York State, to the Democratic National Committee; as well as the public and private sectors where she worked to improve public education and lead corporate branding and business development projects for one of America’s leading children’s media companies.

Karen most recently served for four years as the Spokeswoman and Director of Communications at the Democratic National Committee where she helped guide the DNC’s communications and media strategy for Howard Dean’s “50 State Strategy”, re-branding the Democratic Party, the successful 2006 Congressional elections and DNC strategy for the 2008 presidential campaign. Karen served in the Clinton White House as Deputy Press Secretary to then First Lady Hillary Clinton and as Deputy Director of Presidential Scheduling for President Clinton. Karen has also worked in a number of high-profile campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s successful bid for the U.S. Senate as Press Secretary in 2000, and Director of Communications for Elizabeth Edwards during the Kerry/Edwards Presidential Campaign in 2004.

Her corporate and public sector work included working for Scholastic Inc. and the New York City Board of Education. As Chief of Staff to the Chairman, CEO and President of Scholastic Inc. Karen led a number of corporate projects including branding campaigns, internet strategy and partnership development. As Director of Business Development and Strategy, she developed and oversaw the growth of Scholastic, Inc. into new market areas and cultivated strategic relationships with key organizations in the public and private sectors. As the chief spokesperson and Communications Director for the New York City Board of Education, Karen also managed crisis communications in the aftermath of 9/11. Karen has served on the boards of the Women's Leadership Forum Network, NY; Teach for America, NY and the Women's Vote Center. Karen is a member of the French American Foundation’s prestigious “Young Leaders” program and appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN.

A communications and media strategist for more than 15 years, Karen Finney is an accomplished consultant, media strategist and commentator. She most recently served for four years as the Director of Communications for the Democratic National Committee where she helped guide the DNC’s media strategy for the successful 2006 Congressional elections and DNC strategy for the 2008 presidential campaign. Karen has worked in a number of high-profile campaigns, serving as Director of Communications for Elizabeth Edwards during the Kerry/Edwards Presidential Campaign in 2004 and Press Secretary to Hillary Clinton’s successful bid for the Senate in 2000. Karen started her career in politics working as part of the Clinton/ Gore campaign’s national advance team. Following the campaign, Karen served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Press Secretary to the First Lady and as Deputy Director of Presidential Scheduling for President Clinton.

With a strong interest in education, Karen has also worked in both the private and public sectors to help improve public education, working for Scholastic Inc. and the New York City Board of Education. As Director of Business Development and Strategy, she developed and oversaw the growth of Scholastic, Inc. into new market areas and cultivated strategic relationships with key organizations in the public and private sectors. As the chief spokesperson for all communications for the New York City Board of Education, Karen also managed crisis communications in the aftermath of 9/11. Karen has served on the boards of the Women's Leadership Forum Network, NY; Teach for America, NY and the Women's Vote Center. Karen is also a member of the French American Foundation’s prestigious “Young Leaders” program and appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN.

Blog Entries by Karen Finney

The Supreme Court and 2010

Posted May 11, 2010 | 16:57:04 (EST)

Get ready to rumble.

While most on Capitol Hill are admitting that Solicitor General Elena Kagen will likely be confirmed, both sides are still gearing up for a new round in the culture wars. The unfortunate truth is that Supreme Court nominations have increasingly become less about the actual record...

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More GOP History Re-Writes: Katrina, the oil spill and a failed bombing attempt

Posted May 6, 2010 | 09:06:21 (EST)


The BP oil spill is not hurricane Katrina. The failed Times Square car-bombing attempt is not an example a failed system.

As usual the GOP has not let these facts get in the way of inventing its own narrative in yet another attempt to play politics and...

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History Repeating?

Posted April 30, 2010 | 14:09:43 (EST)

A little over a week ago, standing in the courtyard on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, another former prisoner (also a member of the ANC), described the Apartheid era "pass laws" which required black people and all "non-white" South Africans to carry identification with them...

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Virginia Shame

Posted April 7, 2010 | 17:56:49 (EST)

Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision is shameful. If you're going to declare April as "Confederate History Month" to commemorate, "... the Commonwealth's shared history, to understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War, and to recognize how our history has led to...

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Stupak Amendment Threatens the Rights of Every American

Posted November 10, 2009 | 13:28:12 (EST)

The members of Congress who voted in support of the Stupak amendment sent a message to America's women: after more than 200 years we are still not full citizens of the United States. Apparently members of Congress now believe that it is within their power to determine what legal medical...

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2010 Not About What Happens in VA and NJ

Posted October 26, 2009 | 12:20:37 (EST)


The GOP will spin next week's the elections in NJ and VA as evidence that they are re-surging and attempt to build momentum with their base into 2010 elections. They will say it is a predictor for 2010. That President Obama is losing support. Strategically that is exactly...

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Ignoble Reaction to the Nobel Prize

Posted October 9, 2009 | 17:42:53 (EST)

A word of advice to the GOP from my mother: if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Once again, the Republican Party is so consumed by thuggery and hate, they see a political opportunity to slam the president rather than to praise America.

What...

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Thug Politics in America

Posted September 30, 2009 | 19:52:00 (EST)

In the words of a favorite song, it's time to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.

Tom Friedman was on point in his column today. Our politics and national discourse have entered a new era of thug-life. Like bullies on the playground who get out of control, undermining a...

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Do You Agree with President Carter's Comments?

Posted September 17, 2009 | 10:35:19 (EST)

The answer is more complicated than the question. To suggest that racism plays no role would be naive, but there are other factors that should not be ignored. One thing is certain -- merely looking at changing poll numbers grossly oversimplifies these issues.

First, America is in the middle of...

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The Conversation We Need to Have

Posted July 24, 2009 | 16:14:00 (EST)

Good people can do stupid things. Bad people can do smart things. There is nothing intrinsically racial in saying a good person may have done a stupid thing.

The incident in Cambridge comes on the heels of a number of incidents over the past several months that reminded us of...

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