Mona Sutphen

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Mona K. Sutphen
Mona Sutphen in oval office.jpg
White House Deputy Chief of Staff
for Policy
In office
January 20, 2009 – January 26, 2011
Served with Jim Messina
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Joel Kaplan
Succeeded by Nancy-Ann DeParle
Personal details
Born (1967-11-10) November 10, 1967 (age 46)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Clyde Williams
Children 2
Alma mater Mount Holyoke College
London School of Economics
Occupation Managing Director at UBS AG
Profession Foreign Affairs Officer, Consultant

Mona K. Sutphen (born November 10, 1967)[1] served as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011,[2][3][4] and is currently a Managing Director at UBS AG, covering geopolitical risk, macro-policy trends and their impact on the global economy. She has also previously held positions as an American senior government official and a consultant, and is also the co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.


Sutphen is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from John Marshall High School there.[5] Her mother was Jewish and her father African American.[3][6][7]

She earned her B.A. in international relations in 1989 from Mount Holyoke College[8] and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

From 2001-2008 Sutphen was managing director of Stonebridge International, a Washington-based business strategy consulting firm that works with multinational corporations, financial institutions and other organizations on challenges worldwide. She also served as Vice President for Currenex, the first internet-based trading platform for the institutional foreign exchange market.

She has served as a United States Foreign Service officer (1991–2000), serving in the Clinton Administration on the staff of the National Security Council (1998–2000).,[9] She also worked in the State Department's Human Rights bureau, and at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the co-author (with Nina Hachigian) of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.[10]

Sutphen was "one of more than 50 ex-lobbyists in senior Obama administration jobs."[11] The Washington Post published a profile of Sutphen on April 14, 2009.[3] She was also identified as one of the "seven behind-the-scenes economic players you need to know in the Obama administration" in the magazine Condé Nast Portfolio.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Clyde Williams, who has served as President Bill Clinton's domestic policy adviser at his Foundation, a vice president of Center for American Progress, and the Democratic National Committee's political director. They married in 2001 and together they have two young children.[13]


Hachigian, Nina and Sutphen, Mona. The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise, Simon & Schuster (January 8, 2008) ISBN 978-0-7432-9099-9


  1. ^ "Obama's People". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  2. ^ "President-elect Barack Obama announces additional key White House staff" (Press release). The Obama-Biden Transition Team. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  3. ^ a b c Wilson, Scott (2009-04-14). "Another World: Policy Chief Enters a New Phase". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  4. ^ Tapper, Jake (2011-01-27). "Jay Carney Picked as New White House Press Secretary". ABC News. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  5. ^ Illinois/Wisconsin Briefs: Sutphen to play role in administration Dubuque Telegraph Herald November 30, 2008.
  6. ^ "Obama names Axelrod as adviser". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  7. ^ Marrero, Diana (2008-11-29). "Return engagement: Milwaukee native back in D.C., ready for key role in Obama administration". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  8. ^ Sutphen, Mona (2008-08-01). "Rise & Shine". Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  9. ^ Steinhauser, Paul (2008-11-16). "Obama chooses more White House positions". Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  10. ^ Smiley, Tavis (2008-01-30). "Mona Sutphen, Nina Hachigian". Tavis Smiley. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  11. ^ Carney, Timothy (2011-03-01) Obama Revolving Door: Top White House aide cashes out at Swiss bank, Washington Examiner
  12. ^ Cooper, Matthew (2009-03-18). "The O Team". Condé Nast Portfolio. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  13. ^ Vogel, Kenneth (2009-06-15). "15 Obama administration power couples". The Politico. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 

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