From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served as a White House speechwriter, first for President Barack Obama and then as the chief speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Hurwitz worked with Mrs. Obama to craft a number of widely acclaimed addresses, including her 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention speeches and her political speeches during the 2016 campaign cycle. She also worked on policy issues affecting young women and girls as a senior advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls. During the 2008 presidential primary, Hurwitz was the chief speechwriter for Senator Hillary Clinton from early 2007 until her concession in June of 2008. Prior to working on the Clinton and Obama campaigns, she was was a speechwriter for Senator Tom Harkin, General Wesley Clark, Senator John Kerry, and was a lawyer at the Washington, D.C., office of WilmerHale. Hurwitz is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and is currently a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.