Doug Band

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Douglas J. Band
Born October 1972 (age 42)
Residence New York City
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Florida
Georgetown University Law Center
Occupation Political consultant (President, Teneo)
Professor (New York University)
Known for Former advisor to President Bill Clinton
Home town Florida
Board member of
Coca-Cola's International Advisory Committee
Oklahoma National Memorial Museum
Spouse(s) Lily Rafii

Douglas J. "Doug" Band (born October 1972) is an American political advisor and lawyer. He is the former advisor to President Bill Clinton. He assisted in creating the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and is also a founding partner and president of Teneo,[1] a global consulting firm. Among his other roles, he is a member of Coca-Cola's International Advisory Committee[2] and a professor at New York University.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Band is the youngest of four children of David and Myrna Band.[4] A native of Sarasota, Florida, Band is an alumnus of Pine View School[citation needed] and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida with a major in English and a minor in Ethics. As an undergraduate at Florida, Band was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He later attended Georgetown University's graduate school at night to earn a master's degree in liberal arts and then he earned a law degree at night from Georgetown University Law Center.[5]

Band's physician brother Roger Band serves as Bill Clinton's personal physician on overseas trips.[6][5]


Bill Clinton presidency[edit]

Douglas J. Band previously served as counselor to President Bill Clinton. He began working in the White House in 1995 working with Cheryl Mills as an unpaid intern in the White House Counsel's Office. Band served in the White House Counsel's office for four years, becoming a special assistant to the President before he was made one of the youngest deputy assistants ever to serve a President. Band concluded his final year in the White House in the Oval Office as the President's Aide.[7]

Post-presidential career[edit]

Band served as counselor and chief advisor to President Clinton until 2013, and is described as "the key architect of Clinton's post-presidency." Although he was not the CEO, he oversaw the 1,200 employees of both the William J. Clinton Foundation and the President's personal office.[7] In his previous role, Band traveled to nearly 100 countries, over 2,000 cities, and helped and advised several heads of state transition out of public office into private life. He assisted in creating and building the Clinton Global Initiative that has raised, according to figures released by the Clinton Foundation, $69 billion for 2,100 philanthropic projects around the world.[8] Clinton has credited Band with being the originator of CGI and has noted that "Doug had the idea to do this."[9]

Band was responsible for negotiating with the Obama Administration for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to become Secretary of State.[10] He also accompanied former President Clinton during negotiations leading to the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee on August 4, 2009.[11]

Band serves on the Coca-Cola Company International Advisory Board,[3] is a trustee at the Oklahoma National Memorial Museum,[12] and also serves on the Vote Vets advisory board.[13] Band was a member of the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its effort to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.[14]

Band is on the faculty of New York University as an adjunct associate professor.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Band and his wife Lily Rafii, a handbag designer, live in New York City.[15][5][16] Bill Clinton gave a toast at Band's wedding.[4]


  1. ^ "Douglas J. Band". Teno. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "International Advisory Committee". The Coca-Cola Company. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Doug Band Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration". NYU Wagner. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ a b c Alumni CLASnotes. "Alumni CLASnotes Spring 2008 - Alumni Spotlights", The University of Florida Alumni CLASnotes
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  7. ^ a b Alisson Clark. "The Gator Behind Bill Clinton", The Gainesville Sun, February 04, 2009.
  8. ^ "Doug Band". Teneo. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Jeremy Wallace. "Clinton Heaps Praise on Band Family", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, October 01 2009.
  10. ^ Monica Langley. "Bill Clinton in Talks to Smooth Wife's Path to Cabinet", The Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2008, pp. A01.
  11. ^ Strobel, Warren P. "Administration cautious on what journalists' release means for talks with N. Korea". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bill Clinton's Mystery Aide in North Korea". Newsmax. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  13. ^ " Board of Advisors". Vote Vets. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Counselor To President Clinton, Douglas Band, Joins Team To Bring FIFA World Cup To United States in 2018 or 2022". US Soccer. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
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  16. ^ Paula Froelich. "The power of philanthropy",, September 7, 2006.

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