Eileen McMenamin is the Vice President of Communications at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, that is dedicated to developing bipartisan solutions to the country’s most difficult public policy challenges. McMenamin manages the organization's strategic communications, overall messaging, and daily press operation. Prior to joining the BPC, McMenamin was the Communications Director for U.S. Senator John McCain, serving as his chief spokesperson, formulating communications strategy and overseeing the senator’s press operation on Capitol Hill.
McMenamin brings experience and knowledge from both sides of the media-political spectrum, having worked as a political producer for ABC News and CNN in Washington, D.C., New York and London. As a journalist, McMenamin spent considerable time on the campaign trail, covering the 1996 and 2000 presidential races for ABC News. In 2004, McMenamin covered the presidential campaign for CNN, producing live programs including “Crossfire” and “Inside Politics with Judy Woodruff” from the campaign trail during the primaries, debates, conventions, Election Day and the Inauguration.
Previously, McMenamin worked in New York and London as a producer for ABC's “Good Morning America.” She was also a producer for CNN's “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer,” "Crossfire," and "Inside Politics Sunday." McMenamin got her start in journalism working as a researcher for David Brinkley, George Will, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts on the program “This Week with David Brinkley.” McMenamin is the recipient of the 2005 DuPont Award for CNN coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia. She is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C.