Jon Favreau is a founding partner at Fenway Strategies. He is also a co-founder of Crooked Media, and a co-host of the political podcast, Pod Save America.
From 2009 through early 2013, Favreau served as the Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama, a role he also played for the President during the 2008 presidential campaign. Favreau began writing with President Obama in 2005, when he started his first term as a U.S. Senator, and has had a hand in crafting nearly every major speech that the President delivered over the last 8 years.
Featured in TIME magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and in GQ's “50 Most Powerful People in D.C.”, Favreau is a public speaker with the Washington Speakers Bureau. Formerly, he was a columnist at both The Ringer and The Daily Beast, and taught a weekly seminar as a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
Favreau grew up outside of Boston and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross.
Tommy Vietor is a founding partner at Fenway Strategies. He is also a co-founder of Crooked Media, and a co-host of the political podcast, Pod Save America.
Vietor worked as a spokesman for President Barack Obama for nearly a decade. Vietor served as the President's National Security Spokesman from January of 2011 through March of 2013 where he was the media's primary contact on all foreign policy and national security issues. From January 2009 through January 2011, Vietor was an Assistant White House Press Secretary responsible for foreign policy, education and labor issues.
Vietor joined Obama's senate campaign in 2004 and served as Obama's U.S. Senate spokesman. In 2007, during the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, Vietor worked as the Iowa Press Secretary, and continued his work on the campaign as a rapid response specialist in the 2008 general election. Vietor has served as a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and was named one of the top ten communicators of 2014 by Campaigns and Elections magazine.
Vietor grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Kenyon College.
Ben Krauss is Managing Partner at Fenway Strategies where he has focused on strategic communications and speechwriting for political, non-profit, and corporate leaders for several years.
Previously, Krauss worked on the Clinton-Kaine campaign as a Speechwriter for Secretary Hillary Clinton, and Chief Speechwriter for Senator Tim Kaine. In addition, he served as Director of Surrogate Speechwriting, supervising a large team of writers providing remarks and talking points for a wide range of celebrities and elected officials.
Before joining Fenway, Krauss worked at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, providing political analysis and research for progressive international election campaigns, foreign governments, and heads of state. He has served at the National Economic Council at the White House, where he assisted in economic policy development for the Obama Administration. He was also a Field Director for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign.
Krauss grew up outside of New York City and holds a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College.
Samantha Becker is a principal at Fenway Strategies.
Prior to joining Fenway, Becker worked for a decade as an Executive Assistant to Steven Spielberg and worked closely with him behind the scenes on such films as War of the Worlds, Munich, War Horse, Lincoln, and most recently as an Associate Producer on The BFG. She also played an integral role at DreamWorks Studios, now Amblin Partners, working on both speeches and publicity materials. Her writing has been featured in Lenny Letter, The Hollywood Reporter, The Jewish Journal, and Entertainment Weekly.
Becker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California.
Kat Kane is a principal at Fenway Strategies.
Prior to joining Fenway, Kane served as deputy director of speechwriting for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Before joining City Hall, she was managing editor of digital content and creative at Hillary for America, where she oversaw the campaign blog and drafted content for Secretary Clinton and a range of campaign surrogates. Kane was previously a senior associate at SKDKnickerbocker, developing advocacy campaigns for non-profit, political, and corporate clients. She has also worked for CNN, MSNBC, and NY1, and her writing has been featured in WIRED and The Huffington Post.
Kat holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from NYU.
Sam Koppelman is an associate at Fenway Strategies.
Prior to joining Fenway, Koppelman served as a surrogate speechwriter and digital strategist at Hillary for America, where he wrote speeches, op-eds, and digital content for politicians, entertainers, athletes, and other high-profile supporters. Shortly after the campaign, Koppelman co-created the Inauguration Day Love-a-thon, which raised a quarter million dollars for organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Koppelman, a John Harvard Scholar, has also served as Op-Eds Editor and Executive Magazine Editor at The Harvard Crimson, the most well-read college newspaper in the United States. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Harper’s Magazine.