Stephen Kerrigan

  • Spring 2013

Stephen J. Kerrigan, the President and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), has held a number of key positions in government and politics for nearly two decades. From local government to the Massachusetts State House, the halls of Congress and the White House, Kerrigan has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge working at the top levels of government.

As President of the PIC, Kerrigan was responsible for preparing for the 57th Presidential Inaugural for President Barack Obama. Immediately prior to joining the PIC, Kerrigan served as the CEO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee. As CEO of the 46th Democratic National Convention, Kerrigan lead the site selection process for and the planning and execution of, what has been commonly referred to as, the most successful national political convention in modern history. The three day nominating convention was the most open and accessible gathering of its kind in history engaging millions more Americans in the planning process than ever before and providing President Barack Obama a sizable post-convention polling bounce.

Kerrigan also serves as the President of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, a private not for profit organization he co-founded in 2009 dedicated to providing support, programs and services to the families of military service personnel from Massachusetts fallen in service to the United States since September 11, 2001.

As chief of staff for President Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee, Kerrigan managed a staff of nearly 450, a $55 million budget and an army of 17,500 volunteers to create the largest event in the history of the United States of America. As chief of staff to Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, Kerrigan set the public agenda and guided the initiatives of the largest regulatory and law enforcement office in New England. Kerrigan served as a top adviser to Reilly on all issues and with oversight of more than 440 employees and a $30 million budget,

Kerrigan also managed senior staff and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. Kerrigan was also chief of staff and senior advisor to Boston 2004, Inc., the non-profit organizing committee for the first post-9/11 national political convention. Required to negotiate a myriad of federal, state and local issues, Kerrigan worked with elected officials, private corporations and community groups to facilitate Boston's smooth reception for over 35,000 guests from around the country. Amid intense media and public scrutiny, Kerrigan guided a staff of 40, over 14,000 volunteers and a budget of over $100 million to a successful, safe weeklong event. Prior to that work, Kerrigan was a trusted advisor and aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) for more than a decade. In various roles as his political director, Massachusetts policy director and director of scheduling and advance, Kerrigan advised the Senator on most all federal, state and political matters. Outside of the workplace, Kerrigan was a member of the Finance Committee and an elected member of the Board of Selectmen in his native Lancaster, Massachusetts. As well, he was a member of Massachusetts Municipal Association; the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund Board of Directors; a community advisor to the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps and currently serves on the Board of Visitors for New England Baptist Hospital, and as co-chair of the New Frontier Network at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Throughout his career, Kerrigan has played key roles on successful federal, state and local political and charitable campaigns. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Kerrigan lives in Lancaster, Massachusetts.