About Ari


Ari Ratner, writer, journalist

Ari Ratner is Founder and CEO of Inside Revolution, a boutique strategic communications firm. An expert on the intersection of innovation, communications, and diplomacy, Ari previously served in the Obama Administration as Speechwriter and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment. Ari earlier served the Obama Administration as a Congressional Liaison for the State Department and as an Associate at the White House. He is a veteran of the Obama for America and Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential campaigns, and was also appointed to the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Ari is the author of the forthcoming Industrious Animals— a hilarious look at the anthropology and sociology of young DC– to be published by St. Martin’s Press. Ari collaborated with Alec Ross— Hillary Clinton’s former Senior Advisor for Innovation— on The New York Times bestselling book The Industries of the Future (Simon and Schuster, 2016). He also served as research assistant to Daniel Okrent on the bestselling book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (Scribner, 2010). He served as Special Political Correspondent for Vice News during the 2014 midterm elections and as a correspondent for Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, from 2003 to 2006. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Reuters, Huffington Post, Slate, CNN, Quartz, and Mashable. He regularly appears on international media outlets such as the BBC, NPR, The Wall Street Journal Radio, CCTV, and Al Jazeera.

Ari is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.A native of Chicago, Ari also considers himself a Californian at heart and a Washingtonian by passion. When not working, you can catch him daydreaming about getting a bulldog— and teaching him how to surf.