Mark McKinnon

2012 Speaker

Mark McKinnon has spent three decades solving complex strategic challenges for causes, companies and candidates, including George W. Bush, John McCain, Ann Richards, Charlie Wilson and Bono. He has helped engineer five winning presidential primary and general election campaigns, and is a cofounder of No Labels, a non‐profit organization dedicated to bipartisanship, civil discourse and problem solving in politics. According to Broadcasting and Cable magazine, McKinnon is one of “a handful of players behind every big decision, consensus or roadblock in Washington…putting a unique, sometimes hidden stamp on the outcome of today’s debates.” Politics Daily writes: “He’s known for his originality in a field typified by copycats, a mellow personality in a world populated with high–‐strung brutes and ecumenical urges in a profession dominated by its unadulterated partisans.”

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