Sarada Peri, Former Senior Speechwriter for President Obama w/ Political Strategist Don Guy

January 28 2019 , 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Topic: The Changing Nature of Political Communications 

Sarada Peri is a speechwriter and communications strategist who has helped top leaders and thinkers – from Fortune 50 CEOs to the President of the United States – inspire and persuade audiences.

She was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Speechwriter for President Barack Obama. Prior to joining the White House, she was a Principal at West Wing Writers, where she worked with corporate, political and non-profit clients on speechwriting, speech delivery, op-eds, books, and message strategy.  She was also a member of the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention speechwriting teams.

A recovering policy wonk, Sarada worked on Capitol Hill as lead education and health care policy advisor to former Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA).  She started her career as a high school English teacher in New Orleans through Teach for America.

Sarada graduated from Tufts University and holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is currently a Visiting Global Fellow at the Ryerson Leadership Lab.


In Conversation with: 

Don Guy has been described as a “legendary political strategist”, a “brilliant strategist” and a “policy wizard” who has a unique understanding of the nexus between communication and policy.  He is pleased to return home to Pollara as owner and Chief Strategist.

He is a founding partner of KTG Public Affairs and a member of global research and strategy firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and has provided the research and strategies that have fuelled some of the most successful public affairs campaigns in Canada.

Don is treasurer of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government, an international NGO think tank.  Don’s graduate academic training was at the University of Toronto, where he took his MA and doctoral studies in political and democratic behaviour.