Dan Bartlett (Austin, TX) is president and CEO of Public Strategies, providing strategic counsel to the firm's largest accounts representing key industries in finance, telecommunications and defense. Drawing on his years of foreign policy experience while serving in the White House, he is also helping lead the firm's international growth, providing advice to leading multi-national firms and global institutions.
Bartlett also is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a fellow of the school's Center for Politics and Governance. In addition, he is a political analyst for CBS.
Before joining Public Strategies, Bartlett served in several high-ranking positions at the White House, completing his service as counselor to President George W. Bush in July 2007. As one of President Bush's most trusted advisors, he was responsible for all aspects of communications for the president and his administration. In addition to providing high-level strategic communications advice, he was also responsible for the White House press office, speechwriting and office of communications. Texas Monthly magazine once described Bartlett as "the linchpin of the most far-reaching, tough-minded, and technologically advanced government communications operation in history."
In addition to serving as a public official, Bartlett helped quarterback President Bush's historic 2000 presidential campaign and his re-election campaign in 2004. During the 2000 campaign, Bartlett was responsible for rapid response and coordination between the campaign policy and press divisions. On the re-election campaign, Bartlett was responsible for message development, speechwriting and press strategy, and he played a key role in debate preparations. ?
Before serving in Washington, Bartlett worked in the policy office for then Governor Bush and subsequently served as issues director on his 1998 re-election campaign. While serving in the Governor's Office, Bartlett helped overhaul the Texas Department of Commerce, worked on passing key juvenile justice reforms and served as the governor's liaison for the Texas National Guard.
Before Bartlett joined Bush's political team in 1994, he worked at Karl Rove & Associates, a political and direct mail consulting firm that advised dozens of candidates for state and federal office. Bartlett is a graduate of Yhe University of Texas at Austin and currently serves on the advisory board of UT Austin's College of Communication.