Nancy Pfotenhauer


Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer is the president of MediaSpeak Strategies, a Washington DC-based communications firm. Prior to launching her company Nancy was a Senior Policy Advisor and National Spokesperson with the McCain for President campaign and a frequent political commentator on FOX, CNN and MSNBC. She is the former President and C.E.O. of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF). Nancy held this position from 2000-2005. She was Vice Chairman of IWF’s Board of Directors from 2005-2007. Nancy joined IWF after leaving Koch Industries where she was Director of the Washington, D.C. office.

A veteran television and radio commentator, Nancy has an uncanny ability to reduce difficult public policy issues to lively, easily understood and memorable subjects of discourse for television, cable and radio audiences. As a daily morning talk show host for NET (carried on cable and television networks nationwide), she made the case for free market policy solutions to problems facing the country. Her television and cable appearances include segments on ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX and PBS. In 2004, Washingtonian magazine named her one of the most important conservative leaders in the nation’s capitol. In 1994, she appeared on the cover of National Journal, which referred to her as one of Washington’s rising stars. Additionally, Nancy has been featured in Newsweek, George, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times.

Nancy began her career in Washington, D.C. in 1987 as a senior economist at the Republican National Committee and was promoted to chief economist in 1988. Selected by the Bush transition team at age 24, she served as the economist for the independent regulatory agencies task force for then President-elect George H.W. Bush, overseeing the policy, budget and personnel recommendations for both the Federal Trade Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission. Thereafter, she worked as economic counsel to Senator William Armstrong, a member of the Republican Leadership, serving on both the Finance and Budget Committees. In 1990, Nancy joined the President’s Council on Competitiveness as the economist serving that elite regulatory review group. This appointment involved daily interaction with the highest level career and political personnel at the Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Transportation and Treasury.

In 2002, Nancy was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as a delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women and served during the 46th session of the Commission. The Bush Administration also has appointed her to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. Additionally, she served on Cabinet-level advisory committees reporting directly to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. In total, Pfotenhauer has served as a cabinet-level advisor for four separate Executive branch departments (HHS, DOJ, DOE and DOL).