Adrienne Elrod is Director of External and Government Affairs for the CHIPS Program Office at the US Department of Commerce. As a Contributor to NBC and MSNBC, her commentary and analysis is informed by her over two decades of experience serving at the highest level of government and campaigns. She also serves as President of Elrod Strategies, a strategic communications firm specializing in influencer engagement that counts a wide range of progressive companies, nonprofits and “resistance” organizations as its clients.
On the 2016 presidential campaign, Elrod served as Hillary for America’s Director of Strategic Communications and Surrogates, overseeing the campaign’s vast surrogate operation, and deploying elected officials, celebrities, and other influencers across the nation and on TV, radio, and digital platforms. Previously, Elrod served as Vice President and Communications Director for American Bridge and Correct the Record, a joint communications and research organization founded in order to defend Hillary Clinton from false and misleading attacks. Elrod has also served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), managing legislative and communications agendas for a senior member of the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees. On Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, Elrod served as Regional Press Secretary, Texas Communications Director, and Deputy Director of the Congressional Delegate Selection office.
A native of Arkansas, Elrod began her political career in President Clinton’s Administration, serving in both the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She later returned to her home state to join the Arkansas Democratic Party as its Communications Director, after which she worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and several Congressional offices and campaigns.
Elrod received her B.A. in journalism from Texas Christian University.