Chriss Winston

  • Spring 2007

Chriss Winston is the first woman to head the White House Office of Speech Writing as Deputy Assistant to the President for Communications and Director of Speech Writing for President George H.W. Bush. She also oversaw the White House Offices of Media Relations and Public Affairs.

Winston was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor and Director of Information for the U.S. Department of Labor under President Reagan and held the post of Director of the Office of Public Liaison for the United States Information Agency. She also headed the Washington office of The Tierney Group, then Philadelphia's largest advertising and public relations firm, serving as Vice President.

Today, Winston heads a consultancy, CorporateWord, which provides speech writing, opinion pieces, editorial services, and strategic communications to a wide variety of clients. She is also a Director of the White House Writers Group, a strategic communications firm.

Winston's clients have included BankAmerica, General Motors, Microsoft, the World Bank, Honeywell, Advanta, Pfizer, Aetna, the Business Roundtable, Jones Apparel Group, the National Association of Realtors, the Business Coalition, the Barnes Foundation, Cigna, Masterfoods, and the National Federation of Independent Business as well as major public relations firms, national political figures, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Winston is the author of several books. Her first, Winning the Race: Taking Charge of Breast Cancer, she wrote with Nancy Brinker, founding Chair of the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She also co-authored the autobiography of former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr., What Color is a Conservative? published by Harper Collins. Her third book, One Hundred Years of Fellowship, published by Regnery Press, tells the story of Washington D.C. through the colorful history of one of its most prestigious clubs. The foreword for the book was written by Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Her next book, How to Raise an American, will be published by Random House Crown Forum in March 2007.

In the political field, Winston was Deputy Director of Communications for Bush/Quayle '88, Director of Incumbent Campaigns for the National Republican Congressional Committee, traveling press secretary for former Republican National Chair, Mary Louise Smith, and press secretary for Congressman Jim Leach. She began her political career as press secretary for the Iowa Republican Party.

Winston also served as a County Commissioner for Charles County, Maryland overseeing a $160 million annual budget.