Steve Posner is a communications professional with over 20 years of experience at the intersection of policy and communications in the private sector and executive and legislative branches of government.
At Blue Engine, Steve manages communications campaigns and provides strategic public affairs counsel to leading corporate, non-profit and coalition clients. He works on topics ranging from high tech innovation policy to financial services regulation to consumer rights. Steve has led the communications efforts of a multi-stakeholder coalition focused on the promotion of intellectual property rights and spear-headed the rollout of a best-selling book on evidence-based governance.
Prior to joining Blue Engine, Steve served as the Associate Director for Strategic Planning and Communications at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In his role running OMB’s communications office, Steve served as the lead spokesperson for OMB and coordinated communications around budget, management, and regulatory issues with White House staff and all Federal agencies. He was the lead writer and editor of President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 Budgets, as well as other OMB documents and communications materials. Steve managed OMB’s communications efforts through the lead-up to the 2012 election, fiscal cliff negotiations, sequestration, and the government shutdown. He served as the primary communications advisor to former Acting OMB Director Jeffrey Zients and former OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell. He was profiled in National Journal’s 2013 Decision Makers edition.
Before joining OMB, Steve served for 11 years as Communications Director and Deputy Communications Director for the Senate Budget Committee, where he was responsible for drafting all budget materials, speeches, and chart presentations for former Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND). Prior to his Budget Committee role, Steve worked in the Clinton Administration’s Treasury Department, where he was the Department’s spokesman for economic and tax policy issues during the tenure of former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.
Steve started his communications career at the public affairs firm Powell Tate, where he worked as an Account Executive in the firm’s International Trade Group, assisting clients with media outreach, research, and coalition development. Steve holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Colgate University.