He is the author of the book Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump, released in 2018. He also formerly held an executive role with GoFundMe and is a CNN political commentator.
Early Political Life
Dan Pfeiffer, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, is a 1998 graduate of Georgetown University and worked for several Democratic politicians, including for the campaign of former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota and on the 2000 presidential campaign of former Vice President Al Gore. 
White House Years
After Obama was elected, Pfeiffer became the White House deputy communications director. By the end of 2009, he moved up to communications director. 
When Obama was elected to a second term, Pfeiffer became a senior adviser to the President focusing on political and digital media strategy in 2013. 
Pfeiffer oversaw the White House transition to social media, increasing use of Facebook, Twitter, Medium, and Instagram, and promoting presidential interviews appearances on YouTube shows such as “Between Two Ferns” video with Zach Galifinanakis, and with what were then media upstarts BuzzFeed and Vox. 
In what New York magazine called an “exit interview” when Pfeiffer was leaving the White House in 2015, he explained why President Obama ran as someone who would overcome partisan polarization—only to preside over a more polarized country. Pfeiffer argued that “The president’s view was, No, we’re not going to do that. We’re going to go out and we’re going to be the opposite of contrite; we’re going to be aggressive in our policies and our politics. And that worked. It caused people to cheer. But that’s the exact opposite of the sort of advice you’d get in this town.” 
After leaving the White House in 2015, he joined CNN as a political commentator.
He was also vice president for communications and policy at GoFundMe from 2015 to 2017. 
After Trump’s election, Pfeiffer became a co-host of the liberal podcast Pod Save America. The other co-hosts are fellow Obama White House alumni Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor. The podcast has had more than 300 million downloads, and became a special on HBO in the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections.
Pfeiffer complained in a Vox interview that Democrats did not use social media as well as Republicans. He said Democrats “need to build a progressive media infrastructure that is the bizarro version of the Republicans.” He included Crooked Media, the parent company of Pod Save America, as part of the progressive media structure. 
In April 2019, Pfeiffer said that Democrats should not go on to Fox News for interviews because of the network’s apparent Republican partisanship.