In 2002, Ben Yarrow worked on Jennifer Granholm’s successful gubernatorial campaign in Michigan. When the governor-elect invited him to join her administration, Ben asked to become a speechwriter. He was 23 years old — and had previously written one speech. Two years later, Ben became the governor’s chief speechwriter.
Prior to joining West Wing Writers, Ben was Director of Communications for the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Office of President Bill Clinton. In addition to serving as President Clinton’s chief speechwriter and spokesperson, Ben oversaw communications strategy, planning, and execution for the Clinton Foundation’s global operations, as well as President Clinton’s philanthropic activities and events in the U.S. and abroad.
Today, Ben works with leading executives, philanthropists, activists, and organizations of all stripes on a range of strategic communications — from speeches to thought leadership platforms to books. Ben has ghost-authored five books, including two New York Times best-sellers and a recipient of a gold medal by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. In 2012, Ben collaborated with Sir Elton John on his acclaimed book about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS.
Ben graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Allison Yarrow, and their daughter.