Vice President, Public Affairs
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As Vice President, Public Affairs, Andrew Solomon is responsible for the Foundation's strategic efforts to communicate with the press, public, and policymakers. He leads a team that manages media relations, publications, electronic communications, event planning, and government relations for the Foundation.
Solomon is a communications strategy and public affairs professional with 20+ years of experience in federal, state, and local governments and the non-profit sector. He has particular expertise in communicating about complex research and public policy, building issue campaigns, leveraging new technology, and developing partnerships to maximize attention and impact.
Before joining MacArthur, Solomon served as Director of Communications & Strategy for Harvard University’s non-partisan Institute of Politics, where he formulated and executed a multi-faceted plan to focus national attention on the youth vote in the 2004 election through targeted research, polling, events, and publications. Previously, Solomon was Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he crafted and promoted a national message for America’s 1200 mayors after 9/11, positioning them as leaders in the effort to ensure homeland security and helping them gain significant federal funding. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the second Clinton Administration, Solomon led a comprehensive, long-term communications strategy to re-brand USDA. As Director of Public Affairs & Press Secretary, he served as Secretary Dan Glickman’s lead spokesman, coordinated the communications efforts of 30 USDA agencies, and directed the Department's outreach and speechwriting staffs.
Solomon has also worked as Deputy Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee; Chief of Staff and Press/Legislative Aide in the Massachusetts State Senate; Editor of a budget travel guide; and News Director for Harvard's WHRB radio.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Harvard University, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.