Kevin Sweeney (consultant)

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Kevin Sweeney
Born August 29, 1958 (age 60)
San Bruno, California
Residence San Francisco Bay Area
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (B.A)

Template:Use mdy dates Kevin Sweeney (Born August 29, 1958) is an American management consultant and former political aide.

Education, management and consulting career

Sweeney, who grew up in California, is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.[1] He has also served as a professor at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. [no citations needed here]

For much of his career, Sweeney has focused on environmental and energy policy. He was chief of staff at the Alliance for Climate Protection, a group founded in 2006 by Al Gore as a part of The Climate Reality Project.[no citations needed here] Sweeney directed the National Security and Climate Change Project, which released a report highlighting the security implications of climate change. He also directed the Irish American Climate Project.[2]

Sweeney was Director of Communications at Patagonia, a sports clothing company.[3] He led the company’s green efforts and, at the request of the President, played a significant role in establishing the Fair Labor Association.[4][5]


In 1993, Sweeney was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the Special Assistant to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt.[6]

Sweeney served as press secretary for U.S. Senator Gary Hart during his time in the Senate and on the presidential campaign trail. Hart began the 1988 presidential race as a clear front runner, but an infidelity scandal derailed his candidacy, and he eventually suspended his campaign.[7][8] When the campaign folded, Sweeney moved back into his mother's house and waited tables.[1][9]

He had previously worked on former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley's unsuccessful run for Governor of California.[1]

Personal Life

Sweeny's father died of congestive heart when he as six, leaving his mother with six children to support.[10]

Sweeney’s memoir, Father Figures, was published in May 2003 by HarperCollins and ReganBooks.[11][12][13][10]

Sweeney currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Sweeney is portrayed by Chris Coy in The Front Runner (2018), a film about the Gary Hart presidential campaign.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gorney, Cynthia (26 October 1987). "From Tempest to Teapot;Kevin Sweeney Former Hart Press Secretary, Waiting Tables in California". Washington Post. Retrieved 25 November 2018. 
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  3. Rowledge, Lorinda (2017). Mapping the Journey: Case Studies in Strategy and Action toward Sustainable Development. routledge. ISBN 9781351282789. Retrieved 25 November 2018. 
  4. SOBLE, RON (1992-08-10). "Environmentalist Studies Future After Loss : Politics: Kevin Sweeney moves to L.A. after his defeat in the June congressional primary. He may still play a role in the battle over water sources in Ventura." (in en-US). Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. 
  5. KELLEY, DARYL (1990-05-30). "ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS : Patagonia to Leave VanderKolk Out of Ads" (in en-US). Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. 
  6. LACEY, MARC (1995-04-10). "Top U.S. Aide Finds Capital's Environment Lacking : Kevin J. Sweeney Will Leave a Key Dept. of Interior Post to Return to California for a Better Quality of Life" (in en-US). Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. 
  7. Fallows, James (2018-10-16). "Was Gary Hart Set Up?" (in en-US). The Atlantic. 
  8. Sheehy, Gail. "The Destruction of Politician Gary Hart" (in en). The Hive. 
  9. Arias, Ron (9 November 1987). "No Longer Gary Hart's Spokesman, Kevin Sweeney Ponders His Fate While Waiting Tables at Lily's". People Magazine. Retrieved 25 November 2018. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 O'Keefe, Mark (15 June 2003). "Fathers for the fatherless". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 25 November 2018. 
  11. "The Sunshine City / Kevin Sweeney memorializes the San Bruno of his youth". SFGate. 2003-05-04. 
  12. Kelly, Daryl (28 April 2003). "Political Father Now 'Good Dad'; Kevin Sweeney, who helped spark Ventura County's slow-growth movement, returns to sign books and do his duty as a parent". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 November 2018. 
  13. Hogan, William (15 June 2003). "`Father Figures' celebrates the men in the life of a boy without a dad". Hearst. Albany Times Union. 
  14. N'Duka, Amanda (2017-10-05). "Chris Coy Joins Hugh Jackman In ‘The Front Runner’; Disney’s ‘Nicole’ Adds Kingsley Ben-Adir" (in en-US). Deadline. 

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