A leading democratic strategist and Political Commentator for CNN, Karen Finney is an independent consultant working with political and corporate clients on crisis communications, branding, public affairs, polling and strategy. Her clients have included Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Congressional Black Caucus, Vote for Her 2020, and AL Media. During the 2018 election cycle Finney was a Senior Advisor to Stacey Abrams’ Gubernatorial campaign and she was Senior Advisor and Senior Spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.


From her experience working in media, national politics, political and communications strategy in both the public and private sectors, Finney brings a unique perspective to her work. She was a political analyst and hosted her own show on MSNBC, “Disrupt with Karen Finney,”.  Her experience includes work on four presidential campaigns, the Clinton Administration, and she was the Democratic National Committee’s first African American spokeswoman, helping to lead the DNC’s communications strategy for the “50 State Strategy“.


Finney has also worked to improve public education in the public and private sectors. As Chief of Staff to the Chairman, CEO and President of Scholastic Inc., Karen led a number of corporate projects including branding campaigns, internet strategy and partnership development. As Director of Business Development and Strategy, she developed and oversaw the growth of Scholastic, Inc. into new market areas, product development and cultivated strategic relationships with key organizations in the public and private sectors.  Finney also served as the chief spokesperson and Communications Director for the New York City Schools and the Board of Education which included managing crisis communications in the aftermath of 9/11.

Finney has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles and resides in Washington, DC.  You can follow her on Twitter @finneyk