Jeremy Bash

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Jeremy Bash
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Jeremy Bash in February 2017.
Chief of Staff to the United States Secretary of Defense
In office
July 2011 – April 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
SecretaryLeon Panetta
Chuck Hagel
Chief of Staff to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
In office
January 2009 – July 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
DirectorMichael Hayden
Leon Panetta
Michael Morell (acting)
Personal details
Born (1971-08-13) August 13, 1971 (age 49)[1]
Spouse(s)Dana Bash (1998–2007)
Robyn Bash (2009–present)
EducationGeorgetown University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Jeremy B. Bash (born August 13, 1971) is an American lawyer. He was the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Defense (2011–2013) and the Central Intelligence Agency (2009–2011), both under President Barack Obama.[2][3] As a senior advisor to Leon Panetta in both roles, Bash worked on a number of key initiatives, including the creation of a new defense strategy, formation of two defense budgets, counterterrorism operations, a new cyber strategy, and a range of sensitive intelligence operations.

Bash is currently a managing director at Beacon Global Strategies LLC,[1] which he founded with partners Philippe Reines and Andrew Shapiro in 2013.[4][5] Additionally, Bash serves as national security analyst for NBC News and its cable division, MSNBC.

Early life and education[edit]

Jeremy Bash was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia to a Conservative Jewish family.[6] Bash graduated in 1989 from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.[7] Also in 1989, he was an intern for Senator Chuck Robb.[1] before attending Georgetown University, where he was the editor-in-chief of its student newspaper, The Hoya. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude.[7] In 1998, Bash received his J.D. degree with honors from Harvard Law School,[8] where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.[7]


Following his graduation, Bash clerked for Leonie Brinkema, U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia.[9] Bash was admitted to the bars of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.[citation needed]

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, NATO Ambassador Ivo Daalder, and Penetta's chief of staff Jeremy Bash at NATO headquarters in Brussels (2013)

In 2000, Bash served as the national security issues director for the presidential campaign of Al Gore and Joe Lieberman.[7] In that role, he advised the candidates, their surrogates, and staff on national security policy matters, including the Middle East peace process, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation, missile defense, and trade.[citation needed]

From 2001 to 2004, Bash was in private law practice with the firm O’Melveny & Myers in their Washington, DC office. His practice focused on congressional investigations, regulatory matters, and litigation.[citation needed] He then served as chief minority counsel on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the U.S. House of Representatives[8] and as an aide to California Representative Jane Harman, the committee's top Democrat.[10]

Bash was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[citation needed] He has spoken at conferences or as part of courses for Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law School, American University, and the National War College.[citation needed]

Bash was interviewed by The New York Times in regard to an October 5, 2013 U.S. Special Operations Forces raid in Tripoli, Libya that resulted in the capture of Abu Anas al-Libi, a terrorist target who was indicted in the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.[11] Bash also appeared as a commentator on PBS NewsHour and was interviewed on ABC World News regarding both the Tripoli raid and an aborted raid in Somalia to capture an al-Shabab commander known as Ikrimah.[12][13]

In other media[edit]

In 2008, a minor character based on Bash appeared in the HBO original movie Recount about the 2000 United States presidential election recount in Florida. Bash was portrayed by Derek Cecil.[3][14] Bash is portrayed in the 2012 movie Zero Dark Thirty, although the character is mentioned by first name only (both within the film and in the cast credits).

In 2010, Bash was named as one of TIME Magazine's 40 Under 40, a list of 40 significant persons under age 40.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Bash was married to CNN journalist Dana Bash from 1998[16] to 2007.[10]

Bash is married to Robyn Bash,[17] Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy Operations for the American Hospital Association.[18] They have three daughters.[1][18]


  1. ^ a b c d "BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jeremy Bash, a founder and managing director of Beacon Global Strategies and a CIA and DOD alum". August 13, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  2. ^ Bumiller, Elizabeth (2011-07-01). "Change (but Not Too Much) at the Top of the Pentagon". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  3. ^ a b Stein, Jeff (2009-03-03). "CIA Has a Bash, Jeremy Bash". Huffington Post.
  4. ^ Fryer-Biggs, Zach. "Clinton Allies Join Bush Alum To Form New Consulting Group". Defense News. Archived from the original on 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
  5. ^ Eilperin, Juliet (2013-09-03). "Former Hillary Clinton aides form bipartisan consulting firm". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ Palmer, Joanne (May 1, 2015). "News from a Jersey girl – CNN's Dana Bash talks at a benefit for the Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School". Jewish Standard.
  7. ^ a b c d "Jeremy Bash". Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Nancy-Ann DeParle '83 and Jeremy Bash '98 join Obama administration". Harvard Law Today. Harvard University Law School. March 4, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Dwyer, Timothy (2006-03-17). "A Firm Grip on the Gavel". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  10. ^ a b Stein, Jeff (April 3, 2009). "CIA Has a Bash, Jeremy Bash". Huffington Post.
  11. ^ Baker, Peter; Sanger, David E. (2013-10-06). "Raids Show the Limits of U.S. Military Strikes". The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Interview by Judy Woodruff with PBS Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Warner". PBS NewsHour. 2013-10-07.
  13. ^ "Threats Follow US Special Operations in Libya, Somalia". ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. 2013-10-07.
  14. ^ "Recount (2008)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  15. ^ "40 Under 40 — New Civic Leaders: Jeremy Bash". Time. 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  16. ^ "Weddings". The New York Times. 1998-09-06. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  17. ^ Swartz, Dan (May 1, 2017). "2017 WHCD Party Recap: Journalists Were The New Stars of Weekend". Washingtonian. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Lippman, Daniel (January 29, 2019). "BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Robyn Bash, VP of gov't relations and public policy operations at the American Hospital Association". Retrieved May 8, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Jeremy Bash at Wikimedia Commons