Greg Bell is a senior advisor at Fenway.
He embarked on a writing career after graduating from Oberlin College with no idea what to do with a history degree other than writing a history book. After finding a guide on how to write book proposals, he signed a deal for “In the Black: A History of African Americans on Wall Street” at the age of 22. Called a “groundbreaking effort” by the New York Times, the book was featured in NPR, CNN, Black Enterprise, BusinessWeek and other outlets. It was also absolutely LOVED by the handful of relatives who wrote reviews on Amazon.
Greg became totally smitten with the idea of telling stories that move people. He decided he wanted to help others do the same. For more than a decade, he’s worked with elected officials, startup founders, CEOs and other leaders to frame debates and inspire action. He was a speechwriter for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign. That year, he was also a member of the Democratic National Convention speechwriting team. (Fun fact: he accidentally packed two left shoes for his trip but took solace in the fact that his mistake was more appropriate than two right shoes.)
Greg also served in the Obama Administration. At the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he was the Director of Speechwriting for Secretaries Shaun Donovan and Julián Castro. He also was a speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Commerce where his words were heard in nearly 30 countries across the globe.
Today, Greg lives in the Bay Area but likes to remind everyone who will listen that he was born and raised in New York City. His lifelong devotion to the Mets has broken his heart many times. Thankfully, his wife and two daughters are always ready to help him heal.