Trustee Robert L. Traynham, II
Robert Traynham has been a part of the Washington political scene for over fifteen years and was consistently ranked as one of the most powerful staffers on Capitol Hill during his tenure in government. He has worked extensively for the Congressional leadership as a top Communications professional, and has significant experience with both presidential and senatorial political campaigns.
In 2007, Traynham joined the cable channel, The Comcast Network (CN8), as its Washington DC Bureau Chief. In this capacity, Traynham provides commentary and analysis for CN8's original programming and election year campaign coverage from the network's state-of-the-art studio on Capitol Hill. He also reports on breaking news and events for the network, and conducts interviews with the nation's leaders.
Following his arrival at Comcast, Traynham helped launch "Roll Call with Robert Traynham," a weekly Sunday political talk show produced with the renowned political newspaper publication, Roll Call. Traynham serves as the Host and Moderator for the program. "I am extremely excited about this program, which I hope will find its place for smart and lively discussions by those who love politics."
Traynham also serves as a Political Analyst for National Public Radio and as a weekly Columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune.
Known for his direct approach and intense personality, Traynham brings a powerful blend of experience and insight to all of his projects.
"All politicians come to Washington with a set of values and a sense of purpose for what they hope to accomplish as an elected official," says Traynham. "The important question to ask them after a few years [in Washington] is whether they've stayed true to those values, or whether their moral compass has somehow changed along the way. I admire those politicians who stick to their principles, regardless of party, and tend to raise my eyebrow at those who don't."
Traynham began his career in public service as a White House Itern. After leaving the White House, he went to work for a Member of Congress in the House of Representatives, and soon thereafter joined the staff of a Member of the US Senate. His career highlights in the Senate include holding senior positions within the leadership offices, and serving as President of the United States Senate Press Secretaries Association, a bipartisan group of Senate communication professionals.
Traynham serves as an Associate Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University where he teaches courses in strategy and message development. Previously, he was an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University where he taught courses in political communication.
Traynham holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Masters degree in Political Communication from the George Mason University. Through an appointment by the governor of Pennsylvania, Traynham also serves on the Council of Trustees for Cheyney University, the nation's oldest school within the group of Historical Black Colleges and Universities. In 2003, he was awarded by the Thurgood Marshall Foundation and recognized as a top HBCU alumnus.
Traynham is an avid reader, particularly of presidential biographies and British royal history. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting presidential libraries, mountain biking and cooking. He lives in Washington with his life partner, Brent.