Susan M. McCue is President of Message Global, a strategic communications firm she founded to advance public action campaigns, political advocacy and corporate social responsibility in the United States and globally.
Ms. McCue served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) from 1998–2007 where she built and managed his leadership, policy and political operations. The Almanac of the Unelected said Ms. McCue “can be found at the center of nearly every major debate and agreement in the Senate.” She developed an integrated, state-of-the-art communications operation for progressives and was a key strategist in the 2006 national elections when Democrats regained majorities in the House and Senate.
Following the historic 2006 Congressional victories, Ms. McCue became the founding President and CEO of ONE, a high-energy grassroots advocacy campaign launched by U2’s Bono to reduce extreme global poverty. Ms. McCue elevated ONE into a national force and a growing global movement bringing millions of people together as agents of change. In January 2008, Ms. McCue opened Message Global with ONE as a main client.
Message Global brings foremost influencers together with the public for awareness and action. The boutique firm partners on campaigns with some of the world’s most creative thinkers, artists, political leaders and digital innovators for sustained results. Areas of focus are global development, global health, international media, the environment, technology, and clean energy.
GQ Magazine named Ms. McCue one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington and in April 2013, ELLE Magazine named her one of the 10 most influential women in Washington.
Before becoming a Senate chief of staff, Ms. McCue served in senior communications and speechwriting positions for candidates, elected officials and former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo. Prior to her political communications career, Ms. McCue worked as a news assistant at the Associated Press, National Journal and The New York Times.
Previous to her service on MCC’s Board of Directors, Ms. McCue was nominated by President Barack Obama and Senate confirmed in 2010 to the Broadcasting Board of Governors which oversees U.S. international broadcasting, including Radio Free Europe and Voice of America, bringing news and democratic values to people around the world in 60 languages. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee of Humanity United, a philanthropic organization building peace and advancing human freedom globally.
A New Jersey native, Ms. McCue is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, with degrees in economics and journalism. She resides in Alexandria, VA.