Brian Deese

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Brian Deese
Brian Deese official portrait.jpg
Senior Advisor to the President
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 13, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by John Podesta (Counselor)
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Acting
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
In office
June 27, 2013 – February 13, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Heather Higginbottom
Succeeded by Vacant
Personal details
Born 1978 (age 36–37)
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, and served for a short time as the Acting Director in Summer 2014. Earlier in the Obama Administration, Deese served as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.

On January 21, 2015, President Obama tapped Deese as John Podesta's successor, advising the president on energy and environment policy.[1]

Education and Early Career[edit]

He graduated from Middlebury College in 2000 with a degree in Political Science[2] and from Yale Law School in 2009. For his first job in Washington, Deese worked as a research assistant at the Center for Global Development,[3] hired by founder Nancy Birdsall, according to The New York Times,[4] where he co-authored the book Delivering on Debt Relief. Later he worked as a senior policy analyst for economic policy at the Center for American Progress, under Gene Sperling.[5] Sperling and Deese would collaborate again in the Obama Administration as Director and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council between 2011 and 2013.

Career[edit]

2008 Presidential Campaign[edit]

After the Center for American Progress, Deese joined Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as an economic policy advisor. After Clinton was defeated in the primaries, Deese went to work as an economic advisor to the Obama-Biden campaign.[6]

Following the 2008 presidential election, he served as a member of the Economic Policy Working Group for the presidential transition.[7]

National Economic Council[edit]

At the start of the Obama Presidency, Deese was appointed as a Special Assistant to the President for economic policy, serving in the National Economic Council (NEC). In the early days of the Obama Presidency, Deese emerged as "one of the most influential voices" on the auto industry, and specifically the Chrysler and GM bailouts.[4]

In 2011, Deese was named Deputy Director of the NEC. In this role, he coordinated policy development for the White House on taxes, financial regulation, housing, clean energy, manufacturing, and the automotive industry.

Also in 2011, Deese was included on The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people. [8]

Office of Management and Budget[edit]

Deese was named Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the summer of 2013. He briefly served as the Acting Director in Summer 2014, between the departure of Sylvia Mathews Burwell and the appointment of Shaun Donovan.

Senior Adviser to the President[edit]

Following the departure of John Podesta, Deese was promoted to the position of Senior Adviser to the President.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Obama taps senior OMB aide Deese to succeed Podesta in environmental post". The Washington Post. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Biography: Brian Deese". Petersoninstitute.org. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  4. ^ a b "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.
  5. ^ Deese, Brian (2004-09-13). "That Rosy Unemployment Rate". Americanprogress.org. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  6. ^ Block, Sandra (2008-10-18). "McCain vs. Obama: The story on taxes". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Policy Working Groups | Change.gov: The Obama-Biden Transition Team". Change.gov. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  8. ^ The Editors (2011-11-03). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  9. ^ Dovere, Edward-Isaac (21 January 2015). "Brian Deese to succeed John Podesta". Politico. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 

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

2014
Succeeded by
Shaun Donovan