GSPM is proud to welcome Michael Steele to the virtual MasterClass stage. When he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael Steele made history as the first African American elected to statewide office in the Old Line State; and again with his subsequent chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in 2009.
As chairman of the RNC, Mr. Steele was charged with revitalizing the Republican Party. Under his leadership, the RNC raised over $198 million during the 2010 Congressional cycle and Republicans won 63 House seats, the biggest pickup since 1938. His commitment to grassroots organization and party building at the state and local levels produced 12 governorships and the greatest share of state legislative seats since 1928, winning over 760 seats.
As Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Mr. Steele’s priorities included reforming the state's Minority Business Enterprise program, improving the public education system, expanding economic development, and fostering cooperation between government and faith-based organizations to help those in need.
Mr. Steele is the author of Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda, which is a call to arms for grassroots America, and co-author of The Recovering Politician’s Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis.
Michael Steele - Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland | Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Mark Meissner - GSPM Adjunct Professor | Vice President and Global Head of Public Relations, PCI Security Standards Council