Larry Haas – a former White House communications strategist and award-winning journalist – is Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, a columnist and author, and a public affairs consultant. He writes widely on foreign and domestic affairs, is quoted often in newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on TV and radio, and has testified before Congress.
Haas was Communications Director and Press Secretary for Vice President Al Gore, serving as his spokesman; helping to craft his strategic message; overseeing his media interviews, speeches, and public announcements; editing his speeches and other materials; and managing a staff of 10.
Before that, he was Communications Director for the White House Office of Management and Budget, serving as spokesman for OMB and Directors Alice Rivlin and Frank Raines; speaking for the Clinton Administration in hundreds of TV, radio, and print interviews; structuring and editing the President’s annual federal budget; creating and writing the annual Citizen’s Guide to the Federal Budget; writing speeches; and editing other materials.
After his White House tenure, Haas served for two years as Director of Public Affairs and Special Assistant to the President at Yale University, where he was a senior policy advisor, led Yale’s communications efforts, served as its principal spokesman, and supervised 20-25 employees and interns.
Haas was Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs at Manning Selvage & Lee (MS&L), one of the world’s largest public relations firms, from 2001 to 2005. There, he served as the senior counselor for clients confronting legislative and regulatory issues and as a strategic resource for clients throughout the firm. Since 2006, he has worked as an independent public affairs consultant.
Over the last two decades, Haas has worked for such clients as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Beer Institute, Bipartisan Policy Center, Brookings Institution, Business Executives for National Security, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Israel Project, National Council of La Raza, Nike, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Tax Analysts, Teach for America, TenCate, U.S. Army, and Verizon.
Haas writes a foreign affairs column every two weeks for The Hill and discusses foreign affairs every week on CTV. Over the years, his pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and scores of other newspapers. He has appeared on CNN, FOX, CNBC, C-SPAN, Voice of America, the BBC, and many local TV and radio shows. His latest book, Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World (Potomac Books) was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of its top 10 nonfiction books of 2016.