Frank Cullen | Inventing America

Frank Cullen

Executive Director

Council for Innovation Promotion

Frank Cullen is executive director of the Council for Innovation Promotion, a bipartisan coalition dedicated to promoting strong and effective intellectual property rights that drive innovation, boost economic competitiveness, and improve lives everywhere.

Frank previously served as Vice President of U.S. Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he led the Chamber’s domestic intellectual property policy work. He began his career in Los Angeles, working as a consultant and later vice president for FCA Company, a full-service public affairs and government relations firm. In 1989, Frank was appointed public relations director for the city of Palm Springs, California, and conceived and implemented a highly successful promotional campaign featuring then-Mayor Sonny Bono. Subsequently, he served as director of Bono for U.S. Senate ’92. When Bono was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, he asked Frank to join him to direct his communications shop, a position he held until Bono’s untimely death in 1998. Then, Frank joined Rep. Mary Bono as her communications director. After one year he was promoted to chief of staff, a position he held for 15 years.

An accomplished communicator and writer, Frank appeared as a guest on numerous TV and radio shows, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Larry King Live, ABC Radio, and CBS Radio. He provided political analysis and election coverage for KESQ TV, KMIR TV, and The Desert Sun newspaper. Frank also worked for legendary director Francis Ford Coppola at his Zoetrope Studios, and continues to have an avid appreciation for cinema and the performing arts. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a B.F.A. degree from the School of Cinema and Television.