Susan McCue

Susan McCue

Susan M. McCue is President of Message Global, a public affairs firm she founded to advance social movements, civic campaigns and corporate sustainability programs in the U.S. and globally. 

Message Global partners with some of the world’s most influential thought leaders, government officials, artists and digital innovators on awareness and public action. Areas of focus are global development, democracy reform, media, technology and clean energy. 

McCue served as the Chief of Staff for US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) from 1999–2007 where she built and managed his leadership and policy operations.  The Almanac of the Unelected said McCue “can be found at the center of nearly every major debate and agreement in the Senate.”  She developed ongoing state-of-the-art communications operations.   

In 2007, McCue became the founding President & CEO of ONE, a high-energy grassroots campaign launched by U2’s Bono to reduce extreme global poverty.  McCue elevated ONE into a national force and a growing global movement bringing millions of people together as agents of change.  In 2008, McCue opened Message Global with ONE as a main client.

She has received numerous awards and honors. In 2013, ELLE Magazine named her one of the ten most influential women in Washington.

Before her work on Capitol Hill, McCue served in senior communications and speechwriting positions for elected officials and former HUD Cabinet Secretary Andrew Cuomo.  Early in her career, she worked as a news assistant at the Associated Press and The New York Times

McCue was nominated by both Presidents Bush and Obama - and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate in 2010 - to the Broadcasting Board of Governors that oversees US international media, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, bringing news to people around the world in 60 languages in support of freedom and democracy. In 2014 the Senate unanimously confirmed her Presidential nomination to the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a federal agency chaired by the US Secretary of State to lead the fight against global poverty through smart growth.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Vice Chair of Humanity United, a philanthropy of eBay founders Pam and Pierre Omidyar building peace and advancing human freedom globally.

She also co-founded and co-chairs Senate Majority PAC and serves on the boards of the centrist think tank Third Way and the Clean Energy Project.

Born and raised in New Jersey, McCue is a proud graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, with degrees in economics and journalism. Last year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed her to serve on Rutgers University Board of Governors.