Kevin Sullivan (operative)

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Kevin Sullivan was the White House Communications Director, also known as the Assistant to the President for Communications, from July 24, 2006 until January 20, 2009. From April 2005 he was the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education. Sullivan is the author of "Breaking Through: Communications Lessons From the Locker Room, the Board Room & the Oval Office," a digital book published in June 2015.



A native of the Chicago area, Sullivan earned a bachelor of science in management from Purdue University and earned a MA in mass communication from Iona College, New Rochelle, New York. He serves on the advisory boards of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and the Wayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas.

Professional career[edit]

Before his role in the White House, Sullivan was assistant secretary for communications at the Department of Education. He had previously worked as a chief spokesperson and media relations executive at NBC Universal. He has a background in sports public relations for NBC and prior to that for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Sullivan was recognized five times by the media as Outstanding Public Relations Director in the NBA’s Western Conference and received the NBA’s 2004 Splaver/McHugh Tribute to Excellence Award.[1]

In January 2009, he was replaced by Ellen Moran when President Barack Obama took office.

Following his departure from the White House Sullivan founded Kevin Sullivan Communications, a strategic communications consulting firm.[2] He was a frequent guest co-host of "Polioptics," during the political communications show's run on SiriusXM's POTUS channel.[3]


Political offices
Preceded by
Nicolle Devenish
White House Communications Director
July 2006 - January 2009
Succeeded by
Ellen Moran


  1. ^ Sefko, Eddie. “Rewarding The Best,”, “The Dallas Morning News,” November 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Eggerton, John, “Sullivan Launches His Own PR Company”, “Broadcasting & Cable,” March 19, 2009.
  3. ^ Polioptics

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