February 19, 1989 –
June 17, 2020
Brian Agler has penned remarks for global visionaries in business and philanthropy, created communications strategies for the world’s most iconic brands, and once spent nearly half an hour making puns about “coverings and coatings” at an international pun competition.
At West Wing Writers, Brian has written for Fortune 50 CEOs, foundation presidents, cabinet secretaries, senators, and governors, as well as an NBA MVP. He has partnered with some of the country’s most influential thought leaders to drive the conversation on topics including mobile technology, global trade, the evolution of media, and the restorative power of fly fishing.
Brian has developed narrative strategies for multiple CEO transitions, created product messaging for a major consumer electronics company, and helped a global brand navigate one of the most public reputational crises of the past decade. He was also part of the on-site speechwriting operation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Brian’s humor writing has been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and Esquire. He served on the writing staff for the District of Comedy Roast of James Carville, and has contributed material to the Alfalfa Club, Gridiron Club, and Al Smith dinners. He is the host and producer of West Wing Writers’ live show, SpeakEasy. Occasionally, he emerges victorious at New York City’s fiercest pun competition, Punderdome 3000.
Before joining West Wing Writers, Brian was a media strategist at OMD. Previously, he worked with The Second City in Chicago, and on Mayor Thomas Menino’s successful 2010 reelection campaign in Boston.
Brian graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science from Tufts University, where he delivered the Wendell Phillips Memorial Address. He lives in New York City with his wife, Claire.