Ralph E. Reed, Jr.
President, Century Strategies
Ralph Reed is chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, a public relations and public affairs firm with offices in Atlanta and Washington, DC. Century has provided strategic counsel to some of the world’s leading corporations, including Microsoft, Home Depot, Verizon, the Business Roundtable, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Reed served as a senior advisor to George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004 and chaired the Southeast Region for Bush-Cheney in 2004.
Under his leadership as party chairman in 2002, the Georgia Republican Party elected the first GOP governor in 134 years and a U.S. Senator. Reed was youth co-chairman of the Reagan campaign in 1984 and has worked on seven presidential campaigns and advised 88 campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate, and Congress. The Wall Street Journal called him “perhaps the finest political operative of his generation.”
Reed has been named one of the top ten political newsmakers in the nation by Newsweek, one of the twenty most influential leaders of his generation by Life magazine, and one of the 50 future leaders of America by Time magazine.
As executive director of the Christian Coalition, he built one of nation's most effective grassroots public policy organizations, with over 2 million members. Reed is founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a grassroots public policy organization with 400,000 members and activists operating in over 250 local chapters in all 50 states.
He is the author or editor of five best-selling books and his columns have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Review.
Reed serves on the Board of Visitors for The University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs and on the Executive Board of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Advisory Council of SafeHouse, a faith-based organization helping the poor and needy.
Reed earned a B.A. from the University of Georgia and Ph.D. in history from Emory University. He and his wife Jo Anne have four children and reside in Duluth, Georgia.