The first speech Jeff Nussbaum wrote was to defend himself against suspension from high school. It was unsuccessful. Since that time, Jeff has written speeches, op-eds, and promotional materials for heads of state, corporate executives, foundations, professional athletes, actors, and trade associations.
Most recently, Jeff served as Vice President Joe Biden’s speechwriter on the Obama-Biden campaign.
In addition to his speechwriting experience, Jeff was the co-author and collaborator with James Carville on the 2003 bestseller Had Enough? Jeff also collaborated with Senator Bob Graham on his book Intelligence Matters, which was published to critical acclaim in September 2004 and updated and re-released in 2008.
Prior to these projects, Jeff served as Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle’s Deputy Communications Director and Speechwriter. In addition to writing speeches, floor statements, and press releases, Jeff also took a lead role in preparing the Senator for his extremely well received “comedy” speeches. As a founder of The Humor Cabinet, he has since worked on humor speeches for dozens of elected officials and corporate executives. He has also served as a creative consultant for the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
In addition, he has had commentary published under his own name in the Washington Post, Politico, the Washington Monthly, Time.com, Salon.com, and on the Huffington Post.
Before joining Senator Daschle’s staff in 2001, Jeff was a speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, and later served as a Senior Speechwriter for Gore-Lieberman 2000.
Jeff has played an integral role in the past three Democratic National Conventions. He helped direct the speechwriting operation for the 2008 convention in Denver, and served as on-site writer, editor, and presentation coach in 2000 and 2004.
Jeff has been named “one to watch” by Details magazine, been profiled in Rolling Stone, and been named a “golden pen” by Washington Life magazine.
Jeff is a graduate of Brown University. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Deborah, and their two daughters.