Michael Kratsios

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Michael Kratsios
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4th Chief Technology Officer of the United States
Assumed office
August 2, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMegan Smith
Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer
In office
February 2017 – August 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Personal details
Michael John Kotsakas Kratsios

(1986-11-07) November 7, 1986 (age 33)
Columbia, South Carolina
Political partyRepublican
Alma materPrinceton University

Michael John Kotsakas Kratsios (born November 7, 1986)[1] is the Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Deputy Assistant to the President at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.[2] In this role, Kratsios serves as one of President Donald Trump's top technology advisors.[3] In March 2019, it was announced that he would be nominated to be the next U.S. CTO and an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.[4] On August 1, 2019, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to confirm Michael Kratsios as the fourth U.S. CTO. [5]


Kratsios graduated from Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, SC in 2004[6] and graduated from Princeton University, where he in 2008 with a degree in political science and a certificate in Hellenic studies.[7][8][9][10] He was a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing.[2]


While in college, Kratsios was an intern for Senator Lindsey Graham and Editor-in-Chief and President of Business Today.[3][11][12] Following his time at Princeton, he worked for Barclays Capital and Lyford Group International, and later served as the Chief Financial Officer of Clarium Capital Management.[12][13]

Prior to joining the Trump Administration as Deputy Assistant to the President, Kratsios was a Principal at Thiel Capital and served as Chief of Staff to entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.[7][14][15]

White House[edit]

At the White House, Kratsios has advocated for the promotion of emerging technologies in the United States.[16] Under his leadership, the White House hosted the American Leadership in Emerging Technology Summit during the Administration’s Technology Week in June 2017.[17][18] Kratsios is currently leading the administration's efforts on Artificial Intelligence.[19] He also led the White House effort to integrate drones into the national airspace system, resulting in a Presidential memorandum that called for the establishment of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program.[20][21][22][23]

In September 2017, Kratsios served as the U.S. Head of Delegation at the G7 ICT Ministerial in Turin, Italy.[24] In August 2018, Kratsios served as the U.S. Head of Delegation at the G20 Digital Economic Ministerial in Argentina.[25]


  1. ^ Princeton Alumni Weekly. Princeton Alumni Weekly. 1986. p. 57. PRNC:32101081978148. John Kratsios *85 writes that his second child. Michael John, was born Nov. 7, 1986.
  2. ^ a b "Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Michael Kratsios". United States Department of State. September 25, 2017. Michael graduated from Princeton University and served as a Visiting Scholar at Beijing’s Tsinghua University.
  3. ^ a b MacMillan, Douglas (November 13, 2017). "Michael Kratsios Plays Peacemaker Between Trump and Tech". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on November 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to a Key Administration Post". www.whitehouse.gov. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.congress.gov/nomination/116th-congress/563
  6. ^ https://www.richland2.org/News/Junior-Scholars-Recognized
  7. ^ a b Waldman, Scott (February 14, 2018). "Will Trump name a scientist? A poli-sci grad runs the show". Environment & Energy Publishing. Archived from the original on March 18, 2018.
  8. ^ University, Princeton. "Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies – Certificate Students – Princeton University". www.princeton.edu. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Kratsios, Michael John Kotsakas (April 8, 2008). "Economic and Voting in the Third Hellenic Republic: An Aggregate and Individual-Level Analysis of the Greek Electorate, 1985-2018" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2009.
  10. ^ Karuppur, Abhiram (April 4, 2017). "April 4, 2017: Kratsios '08 Joins White House Tech Office; Astronomer Ruiz *75 Honored; and More". Princeton University. Michael Kratsios ’08, formerly the chief of staff for Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, was named the White House’s deputy chief technology officer by President Donald Trump.
  11. ^ "Carroll Publishing - Government News". www.carrollpublishing.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Kratsios, Michael. "Tsinghua Principles of Economics Lecture 1". Scribd. p. 3.
  13. ^ Conger, Kate (March 3, 2017). "Thiel's chief of staff tapped as White House deputy CTO". TechCrunch. Prior to his work at Thiel Capital, Kratsios was the chief financial officer of Clarium Capital Management, another fund company founded by Thiel.
  14. ^ Bruno, Giovanni (March 3, 2017). "Trump Taps Kratsios as the White House Chief Technology Officer". TheStreet. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  15. ^ Kang, Cecilia; Shear, Michael D. (March 30, 2017). "Trump Leaves Science Jobs Vacant, Troubling Critics". The New York Times. Mr. Trump has not yet named his top advisers on technology or science, and so far, has made just one hire: Michael Kratsios, the former chief of staff for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley investor and one of the president’s wealthiest supporters, as the deputy chief technology officer.
  16. ^ "In HHS Innovation Day speech, Kratsios offers a little insight into Trump's OSTP - Fedscoop". Fedscoop. December 13, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  17. ^ "The White House Hosts American Leadership in Emerging Technology Event". The White House. June 29, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  18. ^ "Trump will discuss drones, wireless tech with investors, execs". Axios. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  19. ^ https://www.wired.com/story/a-national-strategy-for-ai/
  20. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Trump administration program to test expanded drone use". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  21. ^ "Trump to launch drone pilot program for a neighborhood near you". NBC News. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  22. ^ "Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Transportation". The White House. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  23. ^ "Announcement of DOT Drone Integration Pilot Program". US Department of Transportation. November 2, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  24. ^ "Remarks by Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the G7 ICT Industry Ministerial | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Italy". U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Italy. September 26, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  25. ^ U.S. Mission Argentina (August 21, 2018). "Michael Kratsios to Lead US Delegation at G20 Digital Economy Ministerial in Argentina". Archived from the original on April 1, 2019.