Managing Director, Communications
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Andrew Solomon leads MacArthur’s communications team and directs the Foundation’s strategic efforts to use communications to help effect social change. His responsibilities include communications strategy and messaging, media relations, web and social media, storytelling, branding, and public events.
Solomon is a communications strategy and public affairs professional with more than 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 issues, building campaigns, leveraging new technology, and developing partnerships to maximize attention and impact.
Before joining MacArthur in 2005, 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 making the successful case for 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.
Solomon teaches at DePaul University’s School of Communications. He serves on the board of directors of Forefront, the Illinois association for nonprofits and philanthropies. He is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and The Seminar, two groups that bring together chief communications officers from many of the world's most influential corporations, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and public relations agencies for shared learning. He has addressed topics ranging from crisis communications to social media strategy at such national conferences as the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, and Philanthropy Roundtable.
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.