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Tom Gavin

Formerly of ITI

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Tom Gavin leads ITI’s strategic communications, media, and outreach efforts. He joined ITI after serving for three years at White House, where he most recently worked as special assistant to the President and director of Cabinet communications. In that role, he worked closely with Cabinet Secretaries and other federal agency leadership in Administration-wide communications efforts. He developed expertise in shaping and executing media and outreach strategies for key economic and other domestic policy issues.

Prior to this position, he served as White House director of media affairs, leading the Administration’s regional and constituency media teams. He started with the Obama Administration as deputy associate director for strategic planning and communications in the Office of Management and Budget.

Gavin worked as senior director of U.S. Communications for ONE, a global grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. While there, he helped to lead innovative, award-winning outreach initiatives, including ONE Vote ’08 and the ONE Campus Challenge. He served for more than nine years handling communications strategy for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., and the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and almost three years as press secretary to U.S. Representative Bob Wise, D-W.Va.

Before his work in government and the non-profit sector, Gavin was an award-winning radio journalist in West Virginia and Illinois.

Blog Posts by Tom Gavin

  • ITI News Roundup: Immigration, Innovation   (July 02, 2013)

    Good morning.  Today's ITI Daily News Roundup is live.  Today's top stories include an op-ed from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick, the director of the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton ...

  • Apple CEO: Fixing the Broken Tax Code = Jobs, Investment   (May 21, 2013)

    Apple's Tim Cook is testifying in front of a Senate subcommittee on what Apple sees as a vastly simpler corporate tax structure to replace the outdated, overly complex structure that the U.S. has today.  ...

  • ICYMI: Dean Garfield Talks Tax Reform on the Kudlow Report   (May 20, 2013)

    Tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook will put forward the tenets of a reform plan that could fix the broken, antiquated U.S. tax code.  His testimony before a Senate panel will focus on shaping a competitive, ...

  • Donilon Talks Asia-U.S. Challenges in Cyber, Trade   (March 12, 2013)

    This morning, many media accounts look at remarks from Tom Donilon, the President's National Security Advisor, on the challenges facing the U.S. relationships with many Asian nations.  Among the topics ...

  • Lew Confirmation Hearing Zeroes in on Tax Reform   (February 13, 2013)

    The President’s nominee to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, testified at the Senate Finance Committee today and faced questions from Democratic and Republican Senators on the importance ...

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