Everybody knows Sean Spicer. At least, polls show, they know his name and his trademark style behind the White House podium. But before the former White House Press Secretary made his mark as one of the most recognized staffers in the Trump administration, he built a decades-long career in Republican politics, witnessing and shaping the inner workings of Washington, DC, from every vantage point — as a House of Representatives communicator, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Chief Strategist of the Republican National Committee, top advisor to presidential campaigns, and of course, White House spokesman. Few in Washington are as well-equipped as Sean to pull back the curtain and dissect what’s really happening in the nation’s capital.
Sean is the founder and President of RigWil LLC, a strategic consulting firm that provides insights to C-suite corporate and association executives. He is also the co-host of the podcast Everything’s Going to be All Right, and President of the Growth & Opportunity Fund. Since leaving the White House he has traveled the world addressing groups, corporations, forums, schools and associations as an exclusive speaker of the Worldwide Speakers Group. Sean serves as a spokesman and senior advisor to the America First Action SuperPAC. He is a council member of the Gerson Lehrman Group and served as a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics during the 2017-2018 academic year. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Briefing, which sheds light on the headline-grabbing Trump administration’s first year as well as the 2016 campaign and his time in Washington.
Sean is a lifelong Republican operative who worked his way up through the ranks and whom colleagues know as relentless, quick-witted, and good-humored. Melissa McCarthy’s depiction of his press briefing performances earned him a spot in Saturday Night Live lore, but it was his role as the architect of the Republican National Committee’s PR strategy that earned him a reputation as one of the party’s most effective and hardest-charging strategists and communicators.
Sean helped the party successfully rebuild following losses in the 2012 election, and he then played a key role in the strategy behind the party’s sweeping 2014 victories. He was the principal communicator for the RNC, making hundreds of appearances on television and radio and disseminating the RNC’s message. Prior to the must-see 2016 primary debates, Sean worked with networks and other partners to produce a schedule that promoted higher quality, informative debates. This strategy proved successful, with the 2016 Republican primary debates breaking records for TV viewership.
Sean’s efforts as the RNC’s Chief Strategist and Communications Director landed him a spot in PR Week’s Power 15 list for 2016, as he helped the RNC generate approximately $1.4 billion in earned media that cycle. After the 2016 primaries, Sean began to split his time between the RNC and the Trump campaign, coming on board in an advisory capacity. There’s no doubt Sean was a pivotal part of the party’s improbable wins across the country that November.
Sean has been active in a number of causes supporting veterans, adoption, and cancer research. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, as well as the Independence Fund, and on the Board of Advisors of Operation Renewed Hope.
Sean is a Rhode Island native and Connecticut College graduate. He also holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and serves as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. A husband and father of two, he resides in Virginia but remains a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.