Addie Whisenant is a director at BPI based in San Francisco, CA where she works across tech, corporate and advocacy clients. She has more than 10 years of experience in strategic communications including The White House, Capitol Hill and campaigns.
Prior to BPI, Addie served as White House Senior Director of African American Media where she developed strategic communications planning and provided counsel to President Barack Obama and senior Administration officials on the impact of a range of policy issues including civil rights, healthcare, environmental and tech policy, as it relates to the African American community. Addie also helped develop communications planning for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which aims to provide opportunity for all young people, including boys and young men of color.
Before working at the White House, Addie served President Obama in a number of roles including Press Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Spokesperson for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee and Regional Press Secretary for Obama for America (2012) where she oversaw communications in a number of states and played a vital role in the campaign’s victory in the crucial battleground state of Florida.
Addie is also a veteran of Capitol Hill having served as Press Secretary and primary spokesperson for Congressman Barney Frank and the House Committee on Financial Services as well as Communications Director for Congressman Artur Davis (AL-7). A native of Atlanta, GA, Addie graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC where she majored in Journalism and Mass Communications.