Doug Band

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Doug Band
Born Douglas Jay Band
(1972-10-28) October 28, 1972 (age 44)
Residence New York City
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Florida
Georgetown University Law Center
Occupation President, Teneo
adjunct associate professor (New York University)/Wagner
Known for Former advisor to President Bill Clinton
Home town Sarasota, Florida
Board member of Coca-Cola's International Advisory Committee, former member;
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, former member.
Spouse(s) Lily Rafii

Douglas Jay Band (born 28 October 1972)[1]  is an American businessman and lawyer. He is a founding partner and president of Teneo,[2] a global consulting firm. Previously he was personal assistant and counselor to President Bill Clinton and [3][4][5] he assisted in creating the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).[2] Band later worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation.

Among his other roles outside of government, he formerly served as a member of Coca-Cola's International Advisory Committee[6] and from 2014 to 2015 served as an associate adjunct professor at New York University.,[5] offering his insights to a class on the intersection of politics and public policy.

Early life and education[edit]

Band is the youngest of four children of David and Myrna Band.[7] A native of Sarasota, Florida, Band earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida with a major in English and a minor in Ethics.[8] He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.[9] 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.[4]


Service in the Clinton Presidency[edit]

Band began working in the White House in 1995 during the Clinton Presidency as an unpaid intern in the White House Counsel's Office. Band served in the White House Counsel's office for four years, eventually becoming a special assistant to the President, one of the youngest deputy assistants ever to serve as the President's aide.[8] As the President's aide, Band was part of the White House traveling staff to nearly 100 countries and over 2,000 cities.[6]

Post-presidential career[edit]

Band served as counselor and chief advisor to former President Clinton until 2013. He was once described in a Gainesville, Florida, newspaper feature article as "the key architect of Clinton's post-presidency."[8] During Clinton's post-presidency, Band oversaw employees of both the William J. Clinton Foundation and the former President's personal office.[8] He assisted in creating and building the Clinton Global Initiative. According to figures released by the Clinton Foundation, CGI raised $69 billion for 2,100 philanthropic projects around the world.[2] Clinton has credited Band with suggesting the formation of CGI: "Doug had the idea to do this."[10]

In 2011, Chelsea Clinton accused Band of having conflicts of interest between his work at the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Consulting. According to emails published by WikiLeaks, Band wrote a memo that accused Bill Clinton of having his own conflicts of interest. According to Politico, the dispute eventually "degenerated" into a "dust-up" between Doug Band and Chelsea Clinton.[11] Band resigned from the Clinton Foundation in April 2015.[12]

Band worked with former President in discussions with the Obama Administration concerning the appointment of then-Senator Hillary Clinton to become Secretary of State.[13] Band also traveled with former President Clinton during negotiations leading to the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee from North Korea on August 4, 2009.[14]

Band served on the Coca-Cola Company International Advisory Board,[5] and on the Vote Vets advisory board.[15] He is a trustee at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.[16] Band was a member of the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its failed effort to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.[6]

During 2014 and 2015 Band taught a class on The Intersection of Politics and Public Service at New York University Wagner as an adjunct associate professor.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Band and his wife Lily Rafii, a handbag designer, live in New York City.[4][17][18] Bill Clinton gave a toast at Band's wedding.[7]


  1. ^ "DOUGLAS JAY BAND". Tom Alciere. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Doug Band". Teneo. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "FIFA hires firm run by former Bill Clinton aide Doug Band". Politico. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Alumni CLASnotes. "Alumni CLASnotes Spring 2008 - Doug Band Spotlight", The University of Florida Alumni CLASnotes
  5. ^ a b c d "Doug Band Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration". NYU Wagner. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "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. 
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^ a b c d Alisson Clark. "Doug Band: The Gator Behind Bill Clinton", The Gainesville Sun, February 04, 2009.
  9. ^ "Journal: Three Citation recipients honored in 2013". Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Jeremy Wallace. "Clinton Heaps Praise on Band Family", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, October 01 2009.
  11. ^ Gerstein, Josh. "Hacked memo offers an angry glimpse inside 'Bill Clinton Inc.'". Politico. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Vincent, Isabel; Klein, Melissa (21 June 2015). "Clinton confidante cuts ties with the formidable family". New York Post. Archived from the original on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  13. ^ Monica Langley. "Bill Clinton in Talks to Smooth Wife's Path to Cabinet", The Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2008, pp. A01.
  14. ^ Strobel, Warren P. "Administration cautious on what journalists' release means for talks with N. Korea". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  15. ^ " Board of Advisors - Doug Band". Vote Vets. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Board of Trustees - Doug Band". OKC National Memorial & Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  17. ^ Romano, Lois (27 February 2008). "Bill Clinton's Aide, Now in the Story". The Washington Post. 
  18. ^ Paula Froelich. "The power of philanthropy",, September 7, 2006.

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