Riley Roberts is a veteran of the Obama Administration, Capitol Hill, and the campaign trail. A seasoned writer, speechwriter, and communications strategist, Riley crafts speeches, op-eds, core narratives, and other materials for leaders on the world’s biggest stages.
Among other client projects, Riley has helped a Fortune 50 CEO articulate the story (and strategy) of a global enterprise in transformation; crafted a book-length narrative for a mobile technology company; and was part of the on-site communications operation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
During his four years in the Obama Administration, Riley served as chief speechwriter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. At the Department of Justice, Riley drafted hundreds of speeches on topics ranging from national security and counterterrorism to civil rights, police violence, federal law enforcement, and international diplomacy. He worked closely with senior officials across the Executive Branch to develop strategy, respond to crises, and lead proactive efforts to reach diverse audiences across the globe.
Prior to joining the Administration, Riley served as chief speechwriter on a prominent U.S. Senate campaign and in the Capitol Hill office of a U.S. Senator from his home state of Illinois. In addition to his work on behalf of clients, Riley has written under his own byline for publications such as Politico Magazine and The Huffington Post; guest lectured at Georgetown University, American University, and at professional conferences; and provided television and radio commentary on the BBC, Al-Jazeera World, National Public Radio, and Sirius XM, among other outlets.
Riley first came to Washington in 2008 as an intern for then-Senator Barack Obama. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, an Eagle Scout, and a licensed pilot.