Karen Finney has gained a level of notoriety for her work in political communications. She served as First Lady Hillary Clinton's deputy press secretary in the 1990s and later served as traveling press secretary on Clinton's 2000 U.S. Senate campaign in New York.
Following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2011, Finney worked as the crisis communications manager for the New York City Board of Education. After working for Elizabeth Edwards during her husband John's bid for the Vice Presidency in 2004, Finney became communications director for the Democratic National Committee, a role that brought her significant airtime on television. Finney had a year-long television show on MSNBC that debuted in 2013. As of 2015, Finney serves as strategic communications adviser and senior spokesperson to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.