Columbia Bizcast: Ryan Jacobs ’19

“Good speeches, as a rule, generally push a single idea,” says the former speechwriter for the Obama Administration.

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When the Democratic National Committee needed a volunteer speechwriter in 2012, Ryan Jacobs ’19 was quick to put up his hand. The gig soon turned into a full-time job as a speechwriter within the Obama Administration.

“I was an incredibly minor, minor, minor character in this administration,” Jacobs says. “If the Obama Administration was a movie, I’d be like extra No. 1,846. But I was there. And it’s a privilege to be there. You sort of feel like you’re in the middle of something big.”

On this episode of Columbia Bizcast, Jacobs talks about how his career in speechwriting led him to want to learn “the language of business” from Columbia Business School.

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