Amber Macdonald
Amber Macdonald

SKDK has hired Amber Macdonald, longtime chief speechwriter for First Lady Jill Biden, for its executive communications practice.

She will co-lead the message development, ghostwriting and media training team with Stephen Krupin, a former senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama.

Before joining the Biden Team, Macdonald was director of speechwriting to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burrell and deputy director of speechwriting for Secretary Kathleen Sibelius.

Macdonald is a former playwright and actor who has performed with the improv comedy theater Upright Citizens Brigade.

SKDK CEO Doug Thornell said Macdonald’s arrival “reinforces our dedication to providing unparalleled executive communications services, and we are proud to have two former senior presidential speechwriters leading the team.”

Stagwell owns SKDK.