Mo Elleithee

Founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Services
Mo Elleithee Speaker
  • Master political storyteller who has worked as a strategist on four presidential campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign
  • Sought-after voice sharing stories and insights from inside our country’s high-profile political races
  • Widely recognized political strategist whose influence on political communications continues to be felt today

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An influential figure at the frontline of politics for more than two decades, Mo Elleithee is the founding executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service. Under Elleithee’s leadership, the Institute has quickly become recognized as one of the nation’s leading academic centers focused on preparing young people for careers in public service, by pairing students with top practitioners from across the political spectrum to explore ways to make the system work better. A skilled moderator, Mo has hosted and interviewed some of the most consequential political figures of our time, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Bernie Sanders, to Vice President Mike Pence and Rep. Liz Cheney, to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and many others. Through his work at the Institute, Mo has also become recognized as a leading voice in efforts to tackle political polarization and promoting more productive political dialogue. Prior to assuming the role of founding executive director at the Institute of Politics and Public Service, Elleithee was the communications director for the Democratic National Committee during the Obama Administration. As one of the top Democratic communications strategists in the country, he helped political leaders and organizations figure out how to tell their stories in order to break through the rapidly changing media landscape.  

Uniquely positioned to provide expert insights on the events shaping the current American political landscape, Elleithee begins his talks by analyzing the hot-button issues that will shape future elections and then taking a step back to define the watershed events that have brought us to where we are in this place in time. He seamlessly weaves the story of our nation’s political history with his forthright analysis on the current state of politics to share a big-picture perspective on what to anticipate from upcoming elections, the narratives surrounding key issues, and the reasons our political system is broken, as well as how to fix it.

Elleithee draws from his insider experience as one of the highest-ranking political communications strategists in the country to explain high-level political concepts in a manner that piques audience members’ interests and keeps them engaged. Connecting with audiences through the same sharp wit and charm he shows when speaking on the nation’s leading news networks, he crafts a striking and optimistic story of America today, while leveraging his political communications expertise to decode the rhetoric permeating the public conscious from both parties.

Elleithee is a veteran of four presidential campaigns, including serving as press secretary on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. He has worked as a campaign strategist for countless senators, governors, and other federal, state, and local candidates in every region of the country, and he advised the independent expenditure campaign arms of both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

Elleithee’s astute political commentary is in frequent demand across broadcast, cable, digital and print media. Elleithee was recently named a regular panelist and fill-in host on the popular political podcast and radio show Left, Right and Center, and recently stepped down after six years as a Fox News political contributor. He has also been recognized in Washington Life Magazine’s “Power 100” list, as a “Top Influencer” by Campaign & Elections Magazine, and featured on Washingtonian Magazine’s “Guest List.” Elleithee was a founding partner of two of Washington’s leading political consulting firms, Hilltop Public Solutions and Three Point Media. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and an MA in political management from The George Washington University.

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Political Outlook. For nearly two decades, Mo Elleithee has been on the frontlines of politics and one of the top Democratic communications strategists in the country, helping political leaders and organizations figure out how to tell their story in order to break through the rapidly changing media landscape. With humor and a charismatic personality, Elleithee shares stories and insights about the current state of politics, giving audiences an insider’s glimpse into the workings of Washington. He highlights what they can expect from the upcoming elections, the narratives around the hot button issues, and reasons why our political system is broken — and what audiences can learn from young voters about how to fix it.

Getting Past Political Polarization. We are currently living in a period of unprecedented polarization. Political party lines have been drawn and those divisions have permeated their way into society at an accelerated pace thanks to the digital world. In this session, master political storyteller and strategist Mo Elleithee leads an important conversation on the defining moments that have led to this juncture in American history, which he calls the “Post-Trust” era. He analyzes how a shift from the politics of “left vs right” to the politics of “front vs back”, the information ecosystem, and the incentivization of polarization have all played a key role in driving us further apart, while proposing actionable solutions for getting past this era of divide and embracing common ground, as well as differing views.

Yoda, the Tree Octopus, and Effective Story-telling in a Post-Trust Era.  Long recognized as one of the most effective political communications strategists in the country, Elleithee shares with audiences his tips on the best ways to communicate in a highly fractured and polarized communications environment.  Drawing from his decades of experience in politics and as a television commentator, his keen insight into what moves voters, and his deep understanding of today’s ever-shifting media landscape, Elleithee offers a master class to communicators on advocacy and persuasion.  Using humor and his mastery of story-telling, Elleithee shares why communications professionals should stop thinking about their “message,” why and how to connect with unfriendly audiences, why traditional communications strategies are destined to fail in today’s media environment, and how everything we need to know about communicating can be learned from Yoda and a tree octopus.


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