Robert M. Shrum is the Director of the Center for the Political Future and the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at USC Dornsife. He is a former political strategist and consultant who was described as "the most sought-after consultant in the Democratic Party," by The Atlantic Monthly.
Mr. Shrum served as speechwriter to New York Mayor John V. Lindsay from 1970 to 1971, speechwriter to Sen. George McGovern’s 1972 Presidential campaign and speechwriter and press secretary to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy from 1980 to 1984. He served as senior advisor to the Gore-Lieberman campaign in 2000 and to the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004. Other former clients include Barbara Mikulski, Joe Biden, and John Glenn in their Senate campaigns, Bob Casey in his run for Governor of Pennsylvania, and Tom Bradley's run for Mayor of Los Angeles. He continued his storied career as a political consultant until 2009.
Overseas his clients included Ehud Barak in his campaign for Prime Minister of Israel, the British Labour Party and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of Ireland and the President of Colombia.
His political memoir, No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner, was published in June 2007 by Simon and Schuster.