Peter Fenn

Peter Fenn
Adjunct Professor

Areas of Expertise

Campaign Media, Congressional Campaigning, International Politics, Presidential Campaigning, Congressional Committees

Employer: Fenn Communications Group

Title: President

Twitter Handles: @peterhfenn

Peter Fenn leads Fenn Communications Group, one of the nation’s premier political and public affairs media firms. They have worked in over 300 campaigns, from President to Mayor, and represented a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to forming the firm, Mr. Fenn was the first Executive Director of the political action committee Democrats for the 80’s, founded by Pamela Harriman and then Governor Bill Clinton. Mr. Fenn also served on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and as Washington Chief of Staff for Senator Frank Church. In 1983, Mr. Fenn founded and was the first Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

Mr. Fenn has a B.A. from Macalester College, where he was President of the Alumni Association and where he is currently a Trustee. He also earned a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He teaches courses in Presidential Politics, Strategy and Message as well as Campaign Advertising at George Washington’s Graduate School of Political Management.


B.A., Macalester College

M.A., University of Southern California




Chapters in Books and Other Writings

“Communication Wars: Television and the New Media,” Johnson, ed., Campaigning for President 2008 (Routledge, 2009)

“The New Media in Political Campaigns: What the Future Holds,” in Johnson, Routledge Handbook on Political Management (Routledge, 2008)

Classes Taught

Political Advertising