June Shih is director of University Communications for NYU Shanghai, where she oversees all public affairs, digital communications, and marketing activities. She brings to Shanghai some 25 years’ experience in speechwriting, communication and public policy.
Shih began her career as a reporter for a Florida newspaper, but soon left to assist then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton with her syndicated newspaper column and speeches. She eventually became a Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Speechwriter, writing speeches for President Bill Clinton on a range of issues from civil rights and race relations to education and health care policy. After serving as chief speechwriter for Mrs. Clinton’s first U.S. Senate campaign in 2000, Shih attended law school and then practiced law in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
From 2011-2014, she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, helping to shape initiatives on global women’s leadership and girls’ education. She also served as an expert on East Asian affairs and managed bilateral dialogues with Chinese, Korean, and Japanese counterparts. Shih is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.