Person

Hilary Rosen

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Residence:

Washington, D.C., United States

Education:

George Washington University

Political Affiliation:

Democratic Party

Hilary Rosen is a Democratic political strategist, CNN political commentator, and a former recording industry lobbyist. As a music industry executive from the late 1990s to the early 2000s, Rosen played a pivotal role in the ultimate dissolution of Napster and other file-sharing platforms that had previously gone unregulated. [1] [2]

Since 2010, Rosen has been a managing director of SKDKnickerbocker, a liberal public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. [3] [4]

Background

Hilary Rosen was born on October 22, 1958 in West Orange, New Jersey. Rosen graduated from George Washington University in 1981, earning a bachelor’s degree in international business. [5] [6] Well-known in left-progressive circles, her clients have included some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party. [7]

Rosen is openly gay, has two adopted children, and currently lives in Washington, D.C. [8]

Career

Rosen has held a variety of jobs in the political world throughout her career. In college, a family friend found Rosen a job at the D.C. office of former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne (D). [9] Later, she went to Capitol Hill, working in the offices of former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). While the Huffington Post was in its infancy, she worked as the liberal news outlet’s political director and senior Washington editor. [10]

Recording Industry Association of America

In 1987, Rosen was hired as a lobbyist for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). [11] A trade group representing American recording companies, the RIAA’s members include heavyweights like Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and BMG Entertainment. [12] Rosen was appointed RIAA president and chief executive officer on July 8, 1997, during the rise of internet file-sharing platforms that provided cost-free music downloads to the consumer. [13] During the campaign against internet file-sharing, Rosen spearheaded the takedown of Napster and other file-sharing websites. [14] [15]

She left the RIAA in 2003, citing a desire to spend more time with her then-partner, LGBT activist Elizabeth Birch, and their two adopted children. [16] Michael Anthony, speaking as the executive vice president of Sony Music Entertainment, said that Rosen had become “one of [the music] industry’s greatest assets.” [17]

Democratic Strategist

Rosen is also well-known known for her work as a Democratic political consultant, assisting a laundry list of left-progressive campaigns and organizations. Some of her most notable clients have included Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and the Human Rights Campaign. [18] [19] Since 2010, Rosen has been a managing director of the powerful left-progressive public relations consultancy SKDKnickerbocker. [20] [21]

CNN Political Commentator

Aside from her political consulting career, Rosen is a CNN political commentator. [22] Prior to joining the network in 2008, she served as a political commentator for CNBC and MSNBC. [23]

Supported Causes

Rosen is currently involved with several liberal nonprofit organizations and lobbying and advocacy groups. [24] She sits on the board of directors at the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF), the Creative Coalition, and the LPAC (Lesbian Political Action Committee). [25] [26] [27] Rosen is also co-founder of TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, a project of the National Women’s Law Center Fund. [28]

References

  1. “Hilary B. Rosen.” In Gale Biography Online Collection. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002. Gale in Context: Biography Accessed September 17, 2019. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/K1650002788/BIC?u=phoenixpl&sid=BIC&xid=d03c471c. ^
  2. Jost, Kenneth. “Copyright and the Internet.” CQ Researcher 10, no. 33 (September 29, 2000): 769-92. http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/cqresrre2000092900. ^
  3. “Hilary Rosen SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director Political Strategist Public Affairs.” SKDKnickerbocker. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.skdknick.com/staff/hilary-rosen/. ^
  4. “Hilary Rosen.” LinkedIn. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilary-rosen-159a267. ^
  5. “Education.” OpenSecrets.” Accessed October 30, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/education.php?id=75024. ^
  6. “Hilary B. Rosen.” In Gale Biography Online Collection. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002. Gale in Context: Biography Accessed September 17, 2019. ^
  7. “CNN Profiles – Hilary Rosen – Political Commentator.” CNN. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/profiles/hilary-rosen-profile. ^
  8. “Hilary B. Rosen.” In Gale Biography Online Collection. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002. Gale in Context: Biography Accessed September 17, 2019. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/K1650002788/BIC?u=phoenixpl&sid=BIC&xid=d03c471c. ^
  9. Weinger, Mackenzie. “10 Things about Hilary Rosen,” POLITICO. accessed October 22, 2019, https://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75066.html. ^
  10. Smith, Ben. “HuffPost Cuts Ties with BP Consultant Rosen.” Politico. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/HuffPost_cuts_ties_with_BP_consultant_Rosen.html. ^
  11. “Revolving Door: Hilary B Rosen Employment Summary | OpenSecrets.” Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/rev_summary.php?id=75024. ^
  12. “Hilary B. Rosen.” In Gale Biography Online Collection. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002. Gale in Context: Biography Accessed September 17, 2019. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/K1650002788/BIC?u=phoenixpl&sid=BIC&xid=d03c471c. ^
  13. “Hilary B. Rosen.” In Gale Biography Online Collection. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002. Gale in Context: Biography Accessed September 17, 2019. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/K1650002788/BIC?u=phoenixpl&sid=BIC&xid=d03c471c. ^
  14. Weiner, Rachel. “Who Is Hilary Rosen?” Washington Post, April 12, 2012. Accessed October 22, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/who-is-hilary-rosen/2012/04/12/gIQA2zFHDT_blog.html. ^
  15. Holson, Laura. “Conducting Music’s Digital Shift; A Top Lobbyist Seeks Harmony in a Time of Discord.” The New York Times, August 20, 2001. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/20/business/conducting-music-s-digital-shift-top-lobbyist-seeks-harmony-time-discord.html. ^
  16. Weinger, Mackenzie. “10 Things about Hilary Rosen,” POLITICO. accessed October 22, 2019, https://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75066.html. ^
  17. “Hilary B. Rosen.” In Gale Biography Online Collection. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002. Gale in Context: Biography Accessed September 17, 2019. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/K1650002788/BIC?u=phoenixpl&sid=BIC&xid=d03c471c. ^
  18. “Revolving Door: Hilary B Rosen Employment Summary | OpenSecrets.” Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/rev_summary.php?id=75024. ^
  19. “CNN Profiles – Hilary Rosen – Political Commentator.” CNN. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/profiles/hilary-rosen-profile. ^
  20. “Hilary Rosen SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director Political Strategist Public Affairs.” SKDKnickerbocker. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.skdknick.com/staff/hilary-rosen/. ^
  21. “Hilary Rosen.” LinkedIn. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilary-rosen-159a267. ^
  22. “CNN Profiles – Hilary Rosen – Political Commentator.” CNN. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/profiles/hilary-rosen-profile. ^
  23. “Hilary Rosen SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director Political Strategist Public Affairs.” SKDKnickerbocker. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.skdknick.com/staff/hilary-rosen/. ^
  24. “CNN Profiles – Hilary Rosen – Political Commentator.” CNN. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/profiles/hilary-rosen-profile. ^
  25. “CAPAF Board of Directors.” Center for American Progress Action. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.americanprogressaction.org/c4-board/. ^
  26. “About.” The Creative Coalition, n.d. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://thecreativecoalition.org/about/. ^
  27. “Who We Are.” LPAC. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://www.teamlpac.com/who-we-are. ^
  28. “Frequently Asked Questions About the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund and the Legal Network for Gender Equity.” NWLC, n.d. Accessed October 28, 2019. https://nwlc.org/times-up-legal-defense-fund/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-times-up-legal-defense-fund-and-the-legal-network-for-gender-equity/. ^
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