Raised in Massachusetts, the state that gave us the New England town meeting, the Kennedys, and Michael Dukakis in a tank, Lindsay Hayes has served as a speechwriter in the U.S. Senate, for a Cabinet-level agency, and on two presidential campaigns. She got her start in the White House Office of Speechwriting, where she assisted the president's speechwriters with research and annotation.
Today, Hayes heads Redpath Writing, a firm founded to assist clients that need a collaborator for major speeches and high-profile communications projects, but do not have the resources to hire a full-time, dedicated writing and strategy team. In 2014, Hayes expanded into book-length projects, assisting U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his manuscript for The Way Forward, which reached the #2 spot on the New York Times bestseller list.
In addition to her work with clients, Hayes is currently writing a trade-book adaptation of her Ph.D. dissertation, a history of women in politics that spans from 1923 through the 2016 campaign. The book includes original interviews and never-before-published materials from six archives across the country. It was funded, in part, by a grant from Harvard University's Schlesinger Library.
In 2015, Hayes co-founded Bigger Binder Media, a production company that tells the best stories you've never heard. She currently serves as the executive director of Free The Facts, a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to helping young Americans engage in civil debate about public policy.
Hayes holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political communication from the University of Maryland, where she taught undergraduate courses for over a decade, and a bachelors degree from Boston College. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, her son, and three rescue dogs.
Ph.D. & M.A.
University of Maryland Department of Communication, 2013
Bachelor of Arts
Communication & Political Science, 1998
University of Maryland
Lecturer, Dept. of Communication, 1999-2011
Director of Speechwriting, 2012
Speechwriter to the VP Nominee, 2008
Republican national convention
Senior Writer, 2008
U.S. Senator Ted Stevens
Communications Director & Speechwriter, 2002-2006
Intern, Office of Speechwriting, 2002