Brian Deese

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Brian Deese
Brian Deese official portrait.jpg
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
June 9, 2014 – July 28, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Succeeded by Shaun Donovan
Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Assumed office
June 27, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Heather Higginbottom
Personal details
Born 1978 (age 35–36)
Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kara Arsenault (2009–present)
Alma mater Middlebury College
Yale University

Brian Christopher Deese is the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He previously was the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and before that worked at the United States National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for economic policy. Following the 2008 presidential election, he served as a member of the Economic Policy Working Group for the Obama-Biden transition.[1] He emerged as "one of the most influential voices" in the Obama Administration relative to the auto industry, and specifically the Chrysler and GM workouts.[2] He has appeared in videos posted on by the transition team.[3] Before joining the transition team, he was deputy economic policy director for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign[4] and, before that, for Gene Sperling in the 2008 Clinton campaign.[2] He graduated from Middlebury College in 2000 with a degree in Political Science[5] and from Yale Law School in 2009. Previously, he was a senior policy analyst for economic policy at the Center for American Progress.[6] Deese also worked as a research assistant at the Center for Global Development,[7] hired by founder Nancy Birdsall, according to The New York Times,[2] where he co-authored the book Delivering on Debt Relief. In November of 2011, Deese was included on The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people. [8]


  1. ^ "Policy Working Groups | The Obama-Biden Transition Team". Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "The 31-Year-Old in Charge of Dismantling G.M." by David E. Sanger, The New York Times, May 31, 2009 (p. B1 6/1/09 NY ed.). Retrieved 6/1/09.
  3. ^ "Join the Discussion: Transition Economic team responds | The Obama-Biden Transition Team". 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  4. ^ Block, Sandra (2008-10-18). "McCain vs. Obama: The story on taxes". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Deese, Brian (2004-09-13). "That Rosy Unemployment Rate". Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Biography: Brian Deese". Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  8. ^ The Editors (2011-11-03). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Succeeded by
Shaun Donovan