Michael Glassner (born July 30, 1963)[1][2] is an American political advisor, currently serving as the executive director of the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign committee.[3] He is also president of the public affairs consulting firm C&M Transcontinental, and served as Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.[4]

Michael Glassner
Born (1963-07-30) July 30, 1963 (age 56)
Alma materUniversity of Kansas (B.A.)
OccupationExecutive Director of the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign committee
Home townPeabody, Kansas, U.S.

Early life and educationEdit

Glassner moved to Kansas in 1972 at the age of eight to live with his older sister, where he was raised on a farm outside Peabody, Kansas. In 1974, Glassner volunteered for Bob Dole's Senate re-election campaign, and later interned in Dole's feild office in 1985. Glassner graduated from the University of Kansas in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.[5][6]


In 1988, Glassner served as Bob Dole's traveling aide during Dole's presidential campaign.[2]

Glassner later became a senior advisor and eventual Chief of Staff to Lewis Eisenberg, then-Chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.[2] Before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Glassner left the Port Authority and went to work for the IDT Corporation.[2]

Glassner served as an advisor to the George W. Bush 2000 presidential campaign, and later as Director of Vice Presidential Operations for the John McCain 2008 presidential campaign.[7]

In 2014, Glassner served as Southwest Regional Political Director of AIPAC.[2][8] Glassner has written pro-Trump op-ed columns for Townhall and Cleveland.com.[9][10]

In 2015, Glassner was hired as the by the Trump campaign to serve as political director.[11] During his time working for the campaign in 2016, Glassner helped procure the endorsement of Sarah Palin.[12] In January 2017, President-elect Donald Trump named Glassner as Chief Operations Officer of his 2020 presidential campaign committee.


  1. ^ Falcone, Michael. "Sarah Palin's New Right-Hand Man: Meet Michael Glassner." abcnews.go.com. 2011-2-18. Retrieved 2017-6-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e "From AIPAC to Trump: Michael Glassner's journey — Jewish Journal". Jewish Journal. February 19, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "CNN: We didn't run Trump ad because of 'fake news' graphic". POLITICO. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Michael Glassner - Ballotpedia". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Williams, Brien R. (March 11, 2008). "ROBERT J. DOLE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT" (PDF). http://dolearchivecollections.ku.edu/. Retrieved December 16, 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ Newsmclarkin@hutchnews.com, Mary ClarkinThe Hutchinson. "Huelskamp says he's mentioned for top ag job; Trump transition team member denies confirming rep's on list". The Hutchinson News. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Daniella Diaz. "Donald Trump hires former Palin aide as political director - CNNPolitics". CNN. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Trump Names Jewish Financier, Fixer to Major Campaign Positions". The Forward. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "Michael Glassner Articles - Political Columnist & Commentator - Michael Glassner". Townhall. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Columnist/clevel, Guest; .com (August 24, 2018). "Trump factor turning out GOP voters, in Ohio and elsewhere: Michael Glassner". cleveland. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Strauss, Daniel. "Trump hires former top Palin aide as political director". POLITICO. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Diamond, Jeremy. "Key aide may have cemented Donald Trump-Sarah Palin union". CNN. Retrieved May 3, 2017.