David Helfenbein is a strategic communication and public policy expert with a law degree who is focused on crisis and litigation communication, government relations and public affairs. Under President Obama, David was appointed social media coordinator for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and special assistant to the Secretary in the Office of White House Liaison, both at the U.S. Department of State, where he helped to rebrand the State Department’s web and social presence. He has also worked in Hillary Clinton's Senate and campaign offices, for MSNBC’s Morning Joe, DKC PR, and The Brookings Institution. David speaks frequently about political polarization and the relationship between public figures, politics and the media. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law.