WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Truman National Security Project is pleased to welcome Steve Silverman to our Board of Directors.
In this role, Steve Silverman will help to guide Truman’s mission, advancing whole-of-society American leadership for human rights, inclusion, prosperity, and security at home and abroad.
Silverman is President and CEO of Endurance Strategic Communications, LLC. He was the chief speechwriter for Governor Andrew Cuomo and a senior White House advisor to President Bill Clinton. He has written for corporate executives, political leaders and philanthropists including Mike Bloomberg and Ajay Banga.
“Steve brings considerable expertise to Truman having served in leadership positions at the state and federal level. We’re especially excited to welcome him during an important moment of national expansion for our city and state diplomacy agenda. We have been inspired by Steve’s professional accomplishments and legacy of service and can’t wait to see what we can build together,” said Truman President Jenna Ben-Yehuda.
“I am excited to join the Board of The Truman National Security Project which for nearly 20 years has been fostering the development of the next generation of American foreign policy leaders. Now, as the world confronts the rise of authoritarian regimes, I’m honored to join an organization that works to fortify the domestic democratic foundations of America’s global strength and promote principled American engagement abroad. I’m looking forward to attending TruCon23 in Washington on June 2 featuring informative panels and the always engaging Rachel Maddow. Please join me,” said Silverman.
Silverman provides messaging development, crisis and reputation management guidance, as well as communications strategy, execution and coaching for companies and NGOs. Silverman’s career has bridged the public, non-profit and private sectors serving some of the world's most important leaders and recognizable brands. He provides wise counsel, passion for his work, impactful storytelling and a high degree of integrity and judgment.
Prior to serving as Governor Cuomo’s Senior Communications Advisor for Speechwriting and Strategic Messaging, Silverman advised the Clinton Foundation on communicating the achievements of President Clinton and his administration and created a successful proactive alumni engagement platform. He worked with the Afya Foundation, a global humanitarian relief organization, to raise public awareness and funds by developing and executing effective external outreach to engage elected officials, media, philanthropies, foundations and businesses, and supporting Afya’s seamless pivot to focus on New York area needs during the Covid-19 crisis. He served as a strategic advisor on the political team of Bloomberg 2020, focused on optimizing the campaign’s national political co-chairs policy and communications work.
After serving as Chief of Staff to the Chief Information Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Silverman joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and successfully led Change Management efforts for End User Services. Before his service at the Fed, Steve worked at Citi, where he led corporate communications/public affairs for the consumer businesses globally, was a co-architect of the launch of Citi Field and two years of activation, and led innovation and technology communications, among other roles. His global responsibilities led him to extensive professional travel in Asia, as well as Eastern and Western Europe.
A former litigator at Sidley & Austin and Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, Silverman is a member of the New York Bar. He served in President Clinton’s White House as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs and Deputy Cabinet Secretary from 1993-1998. In that role, he played a significant role in NAFTA passage. He organized Cabinet efforts around the first Summit of the Americas (December, 1994), the Atlanta Olympics (July-August, 1996) and the Cabinet delegation to the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Israel (November, 1995). Silverman was the United States representative to OECD Center of Government conferences in Mexico City and Dublin. After his White House years, he led business development efforts at Disney's ABC.com, Family.com and Oscar.com. Silverman lives in New York City with his wife Emily, and has two adult children, Danielle and Sam.