The Honorable Philippe Reines

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Communications; Founder, Beacon Global Strategies

The Honorable Philippe Reines has spent more than two decades working in the public and private sectors providing strategic and crisis management advice to both high-profile national political figures and Fortune 20 companies. From 2002 through 2017, Mr. Reines was a spokesperson and senior adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including acting as Donald Trump's stand-in for her 2016 General Election debate preparations. In 2013, Mr. Reines co-founded Beacon Global Strategies LLC, a strategic advisory firm specializing in foreign policy, defense, cyber, intelligence, and international security. He served as Managing Director through 2017. From 2009 – 2013, Philippe served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Communications and Senior Communications Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who he has worked for since 2002. In that role, he traveled to 111 countries with Secretary Clinton as part of her senior leadership team, responsible for crafting and executing the strategic media goals of the Secretary of State.

Prior to joining the State Department with the Secretary, Mr. Reines served from 2002 – 2009 as Clinton’s Senior Advisor & Press Secretary in the U.S. Senate, acting as the primary point of contact between Clinton’s office and the national press corps on all policy and political issues. In 2007 – 2008, he concurrently served on Clinton’s presidential campaign as Communications Advisor for National Security & Foreign Policy, and served as Chelsea Clinton’s spokesperson, traveling with her throughout the primaries, often with the candidate and former President Bill Clinton. Previously, Mr. Reines served in the U.S. House of Representatives as Communications Director for Representative Jane Harman, where he successfully helped the Congresswoman raise her profile as a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Reines was a member of the 2000 Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign’s rapid response team. After Election Day, he served on the communications team of the Gore/Lieberman Recount Committee during the post-election litigation in Florida.

Mr. Reines remained involved in former Vice President Gore’s public activities after Gore left office in 2001. He served as his Teaching and Research Assistant for his “Covering National Affairs” course at the Columbia School of Journalism in the Spring of 2001, as well as contributed material to Mr. Gore’s hosting of Saturday Night Live in December 2002. In 2004, Mr. Reines taught a course at New York University’s Marketing and Management Institute entitled “Public Relations Strategies for Politicians.” More recently, he was a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life for the 2019 – 2020 academic year, teaching two courses on presidential politics. Mr. Reines is a recipient of the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award. Given his long history of government service and deep political experience, Mr. Reines frequently appeared on MSNBC, FOX, BBC, NPR, CNN, and other broadcast outlets. His opinion pieces on topics ranging from Donald Trump to Twitter to the U.S. airlines industry have run in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, Politico, The Daily Beast,, and Axios. Prior to pursuing his long-standing passion for politics and public service, Mr. Reines worked in banking and finance for several prominent Boston and New York City banks. A New York City native, Mr. Reines earned his political science degree from Columbia University, spending two semesters in Beijing studying Mandarin Chinese.