Mike McCurry

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Mike McCurry is a member of the board of advisors of the New Democrat Network. According to the NDN web site, he is "the former White House Press secretary, State Department Spokesman, and Director of Communications for the Democratic National Committee. Mr. McCurry also held leadership roles in several presidential campaigns. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grassroots Enterprise, Inc., a San Francisco-based software company, and is a principal in Public Strategies Group LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm."

McCurry is a co-chairman of Hands Off the Internet, a telecommunications industry lobbying group that is campaigning against net neutrality [1]. He has come under intense criticism for this work on behalf of large telecommunications companies. McCurry's stance on net neutrality has put him at odds with the nation's largest consumer advocate and public interest groups -- and earned him the dersion of many for acting as a spokesperson for a position that has limited support beyond the industry. Leading the criticism of McCurry are bloggers at Huffington Post [2], MyDD [3] and MediaCitizen [4].

Member of the Public Diplomacy Council.

"McCurry is a veteran communications strategist and spokesperson with nearly three decades of experience in Washington D.C. McCurry served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998). He also served as spokesman for the Department of State (1993-1995) and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988-1990). McCurry has also held leadership roles in several national campaigns -- senior advisor for Senator John Kerry (2004), national press secretary for the vice presidential campaign of Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen (1988), and spokesman and political strategist in the presidential campaigns of Senator John Glenn (1984), Governor Bruce Babbitt (1988)and Senator Bob Kerrey (1992).

"McCurry began his career on the staff of the United States Senate, working as press secretary to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and to the committee's chairman, Senator Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (1976-1981). He also served as press secretary to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1981-1983). In the private sector, he served as public affairs director for the ERISA Industry Committee (1984-85) and as senior vice president of the consulting firm then known as Robinson, Lake, Lerer, & Montgomery (1989-92).

"McCurry serves on boards or advisory councils for Share Our Strength the Center for International Private Enterprise, the Council for Excellence in Government, the Junior Statesmen Foundation, the Children's Scholarship Fund, the Wesley Theological Seminary, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affiars at Princeton University.

"McCurry received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1976 and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in 1985." [5]

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  1. Directors, Sojourners, accessed December 16, 2008.