Harold Pachios is one of the founding partners of law firm Preti Flaherty. Prior to practicing law, he had a career in government and politics. He assisted Sargent Shriver, brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy, in the early days of the Peace Corps, and later served under President Lyndon B. Johnson as associate White House press secretary. In 1993 he was nominated by President Bill Clinton to be member of the United States Commission on Public Diplomacy. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and served for several years as chairman of the commission, traveling to U.S. diplomatic posts throughout the world. He was later appointed by Secretary of State Colin Powell to serve on the State Department’s Special Advisory Group on the Arab and Muslim World. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was president of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and vice chairman of the board of the American Symphony Orchestra League. He has served on the boards of several educational institutions, including the American College of Greece and the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. He served for nine years on the National Governing Board of Common Cause. For four years he was the Democratic State Chairman in Maine. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown University Law School.