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About the Speaker

Cody Keenan

Cody Keenan has been a speechwriter for President Barack Obama for more than a decade, rising from a campaign intern in Chicago to Director of Speechwriting at the White House.

A 2002 graduate of Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Harvard University, Cody's passion for public service was sharpened as a young aide to the legendary Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  In 2014, Northwestern honored Cody with its “Emerging Leader Award,” presented to a top alumnus under age 35, and the Sigma Chi International Fraternity recognized him with its Significant Sig Award.  In 2015, Cody's commencement address at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service was highlighted by the New York Times and the Washington Post as one of the year’s best.

After thirty-six years of hopeful waiting, Cody finally got the chance to write his dream speech in January, 2017 – one in which President Obama welcomed the World Champion Chicago Cubs to the White House.  Today, Cody serves as Barack Obama’s collaborator on his upcoming book, and as his post-presidential speechwriter.


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