In the education space, Slater has led major communications efforts for New York University, Hamilton College, the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, Capella University and University of Phoenix. In the foundation space he has worked on educational initiatives for Strada Education Network (formerly USA Funds), Gallup, The US Chamber Foundation, Sallie Mae and America Saves. His educational experience includes advising college leaders on positioning, promoting major new academic initiatives, dealing with challenging situations and promoting positive educational outcomes.
Slater also has corporate experience that he brings to bear, having conceived and executed highly successful public affairs campaigns for blue chip companies including Ford, American Airlines and the Apollo Education Group. Slater has developed a track-record in progressive politics, conducting impactful communications efforts for The American Postal Workers Union, Advancement Project, People for the American Way and The National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
During the past two Presidential campaigns, Slater led a 30-strong team, coordinating communications for the largest citizens’ election protection effort ever mounted in the United States, which included a unique partnership with MSNBC. Additionally, his work leading the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Beyond Guantanamo campaign was awarded the prize for the most successful public affairs campaign of the year by Bulldog Reporter.
He previously wrote a regular column for The Guardian newspaper in London, and his work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times. He co-authored the “Nonprofit Guide to Going Green.” A strong leader and creative force, Slater has also been awarded four “Pollies” and two “Tellie Awards” honoring his leadership in public affairs and campaign management, and was most recently named to PRWeek’s 2016 “40 Under 40” List. He sits on the board of Whitman-Walker Health, an organization for which he led a major rebranding campaign.
Slater holds a master of arts degree in Communications from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from the University of Cambridge, where he was president of the Cambridge Union. He lives in Washington D.C.