John Buckley

Chief Executive Officer

John Buckley is Chief Executive Officer of Subject Matter, having spent more than 30 years in Washington managing large teams and integrated communications programs within corporations, agencies, and political campaigns. His corporate experience includes ten years running communications and advertising at Fannie Mae (1991-2001), and five years as EVP of communications at AOL (2002-2007.)  His decade of agency experience most recently includes being managing director of The Harbour Group (2008-2016).  John has held senior positions in three presidential campaigns, including deputy press secretary to Reagan-Bush ’84, press secretary to Jack Kemp’s 1988 campaign, and communications director to Dole-Kemp ‘96.

  • John is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: Family Politics, Statute of Limitations, and The Geography Lesson. In 2010, The Business Of Happiness by Ted Leonsis with John Buckley became a bestseller.
  • John started his career as a rock critic for NY Rocker, Soho Weekly News, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and National Review.
  • He and his wife Anna Bennett recently became empty nesters.
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