Olivia Morgan

Vice President, Communications & Strategic Programs, Common Sense Media

Olivia Morgan

Vice President, Communications & Strategic Programs, Common Sense Media

Biography

Olivia Morgan has been at the creative edge of government, public policy and political communications throughout her career. She is currently Senior Advisor to A Woman’s Nation, a project led by Maria Shriver, dedicated to fostering a national conversation on how best to realign American institutions with current needs of American workers and families. She is also Managing Editor of The Shriver Report, a series of book-length examinations bringing academic and on-the- ground expertise to exploring cultural transformation across multiple platforms and partnerships. She is president of her own politicultural consulting firm, OM Strategies, and sometime contributing essayist at mariashriver.com and adjunct professor at George Washington University.

After graduating from Wesleyan University, Morgan worked in campaign communications at the state and federal levels, including serving as press secretary to California Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis and as national spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during their successful 1998 cycle.

When Davis was elected Governor, Morgan directed California’s federal office in Washington, DC, and there formulated the state’s annual federal priorities and strategies for achieving them, addressing myriad issues arising at the nexus of state and federal government.

In 2001, Morgan joined the Dewey Square Group, a national grassroots, communications and public affairs consulting firm. Over the next seven years, she managed projects designed to shape public policy debates and also aid the development of non-profit organizations. With a California- based partner, she launched and grew a statewide, multi-million dollar California consulting practice.

While at the Dewey Square Group Morgan established, with leadership from Dr. Benjamin Hooks and
Secretary Jack Kemp, a non-profit organization to promote the eradication of childhood diseases that disproportionately impact underserved communities. Under her leadership, the Children’s Health Forum (CHF) successfully advocated for the creation of a new federal program to remediate lead hazards, which has since distributed more than $300 million in new funding to cities across the country.

In early 2007, Ms. Morgan signed on as a communications and outreach consultant for the fledgling Women for Obama program, and was instrumental in its development. She created the effort’s outreach plan and piloted a state-based Women for Obama organization in California, oversaw the Women for Obama web site and on-line networking, managed the site’s blog, and provided content for the Women for Obama web site, as well as the Obama for America campaign blog.

Morgan is honored to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, where she has led the creation of the new National Student Poet Program, to annually recognize, at the highest level, five high school poets for their craft, voice, and creativity. She is also on the Board of the New England Center for Children and the National Leadership Council of Polaris Project’s Vision 2020.

Olivia Morgan’s most important project is her family. She lives with her husband and two young children in Washington, DC.