White House chief of staff for President Obama
From 2013 to 2017, Denis McDonough served as White House chief of staff for President Obama. As chief of staff, McDonough managed the 4,000-member White House staff in addition to cabinet secretaries and the heads of various federal agencies. From 2010 to 2013, McDonough served as assistant to the president and principal deputy national security advisor. In these roles, McDonough provided advice to the president on national security challenges and crisis management in international affairs. During the 2008 campaign, McDonough served as the senior foreign policy advisor. Prior to his career in the White House, McDonough worked in a number of senior policy-making positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, as professional staff member on the International Relations Committee, and in the U.S. Senate, for the Senate Majority Leader and for Senator Ken Salazar. He is now a visiting senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program. Additionally, McDonough serves as a senior principal at the Markle Foundation, where he chairs the Rework America Task Force, a national initiative to modernize the labor market. McDonough also serves as an executive fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs teaching a global policy seminar.