JCC Chicago presents Adam P. Frankel, a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and author of The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance and Healing – a memoir of family, the Holocaust, trauma, and identity. In his book, Adam comes to terms with the legacy of familial pain amid a shocking revelation about his own bloodline.
Adam is an advisor to Emerson Collective, a social change organization, and Fenway Strategies, the communications firm founded by Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor. He has served as executive director of a national education nonprofit, Digital Promise, and worked in the private sector, most recently as vice president of corporate and executive communications at PepsiCo. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award selection committee, and the advisory board of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY School of Law. Adam is a graduate of Princeton University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Adam lives in New York City with his wife and two children.