Jacob Freedman is a Vice President in the U.S. practice, where he draws on more than 15 years of experience in national security, international relations, politics, and communications to advise clients. He also supports ASG’s Managing Principal on matters related to strategy, business development, and communications.
Mr. Freedman joined ASG in 2014 and worked as speechwriter, advisor, and chief of staff to ASG’s Founder and Chair, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, until her passing in 2022. In these roles, he helped lead Secretary Albright’s engagement with key stakeholders – including governments, non-profits, and the private sector.
Prior to joining ASG, Mr. Freedman served as Chief Speechwriter for Secretaries of Defense Chuck Hagel and Leon Panetta. As a member of the Secretary’s public affairs team, he helped formulate the Defense Department’s public engagement strategy, played a role in crisis communications, and accompanied the Secretary on official visits to nearly 40 countries. Mr. Freedman began his tenure at the Pentagon in June 2010 as a Speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.
Before he joined the Defense Department, he worked at the Atlas Project, a political research organization, and served on President Obama’s 2008 general election campaign as a Data Director in Virginia and Georgia. He began his career as a journalist working in Washington for Congressional Quarterly, where he covered the financial services and economics beat.
Mr. Freedman earned an M.A. with distinction in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History. In 2014 he was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Pentagon’s highest civilian honor.
He is based in Washington, D.C.