Alan H. Fleischmann, President & CEO of the global strategic communications firm Laurel Strategies, is a professional with over two decades of experience in the public, private and civil society sectors, and an expert in strategy, communications, negotiation, crisis & reputation management, finance, public policy, and trade issues. Over the last several years, he has been a proven confidential advisor to many CEOs and leaders across the globe.
Fleischmann served for years as Principal and member of the managing board of the geopolitical consulting firm Albright Stonebridge Group. Previously, Fleischmann served as Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of PSB Associates, the global strategic communications & polling firm. He serves as a Senior Counselor to the firm.
Fleischmann is a Co-founder and Board Member of ImagineNations Group, a global network that promotes youth investment, youth-led enterprise, and entrepreneurship. ImagineNations and its partners support initiatives that create access to capital, business/leadership coaching and an on-line portal that connects mentors to entrepreneurs. Fleischmann was awarded the Goodwin Prize for ImagineNations' global work to promote entrepreneurship in the developing world.
Fleischmann was Maryland State Chief of Staff to the Honorable Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a Staff Director of the U.S. Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Co-Founder & Vice President of the trade investment firm LATCORP, and served as a Senior Associate of J.P. Morgan Chase (formerly Chase Manhattan Bank). For several years, he served on the board of directors of OFFITBank, the wealth management private bank.
During the historic period of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Fleischmann served as a policy aide in the German parliament, working for former German Chancellor Willy Brandt and his foundation for development and peace, while receiving a Bundestag Fellowship at the Friedrich Wilhelms Universität. Fleischmann was a Lead member of the Obama Presidential Transition from 2008–2009, and in 2010, Fleischmann was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as a Delegate to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. In March 2011, President Obama announced that he was appointing Fleischmann to serve as a Member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.
He has also been appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (ExIm Bank) and serve on the International Trade Advisory Commission (ITAC).
Fleischmann is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations Council and a Board Member of the Atlantic Council. He serves on the Board of the American Institute for Contemporary Studies (AICGS) and is a member of the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Leadership Council. He is an original member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and sits on the board of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD). He is also a Member of the Economics Club of Washington and serves on its programming committee. Fleischmann serves on the Board of Directors of BizCorps, a non-profit program that connects MBA graduates with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets.
Fleischmann was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to serve on the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Medical System. He serves on its Executive Committee. He also serves on the board of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Medical Center of the University of Maryland Medical Center.
He is a board member of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the Deepak Chopra Foundation, and the Just Capital Foundation. Fleischmann is a Trustee of the Phillips Collection art museum.
He was awarded an M.A. with honors from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he serves on its board. He received a B.A. and B.S. with honors from American University, where he was the valedictorian and student body president. Fleischmann chairs the Dean's Council of the School of International Service.
Fleischmann is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC) founded by David Rockefeller and his daughter Peggy Dulany.