David Wade

Founder, GreenLight Strategies and Former US Department of State Chief of Staff

David Wade is a strategist specializing in strategic advice, public affairs, thought leadership, and crisis communications. He draws upon close to two decades in Washington, D.C. at the highest levels of the State Department, on Capitol Hill, and on two national presidential campaigns. Before starting his own business, Wade was the Chief of Staff to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and the Department of State for more than two years. Foreign Policy Magazine noted that at the State Department, Wade was "the driving force behind the Department's day to day operations...." who "consumed himself with the personnel and management decisions that go along with running a huge bureaucracy.” Wade was awarded the Department's highest honor -- the Distinguished Honor Award -- when he left government service in the summer of 2015 to found GreenLight Strategies. For five years from 2008 through January, 2013, Wade served in the Senate as a Chief of Staff, overseeing and directing John Kerry’s operation as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as well as his broader political operation, including a Leadership PAC, Re-election Committee, and Kerry’s work on President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign presidential debate prep. Wade is a veteran of two presidential campaigns, serving as the National Traveling Press Secretary for John Kerry for President and Kerry-Edwards 2004, and the national spokesperson and traveling communications chief for the successful 2008 vice presidential campaign of Joe Biden. Wade's opinion and analysis columns have been published in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Boston Globe, The Hill, Politico, and The Boston Herald in addition to being a featured “Newsmaker” on Sidewire and a blog contributor at Huffington Post. He is a graduate of Brown University, a 1996 Harry Truman Scholar, 2011 John C. Stennis Fellow, serves on the Advisory Board to the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, served on the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and is a Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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