- Denis McDonough
Denis R. McDonough Deputy National Security Advisor Incumbent Assumed office
October 22, 2010
President Barack Obama Preceded by Thomas E. Donilon Personal details Born December 2, 1969
Alma mater Saint John's University
Early life and education
McDonough was born on December 2, 1969, in Stillwater, Minnesota. He was one of eleven children of William and Kathleen McDonough. McDonough attended Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he played safety on the Johnnies football team for Hall of Fame coach John Gagliardi. McDonough was a member of teams that won two conference titles in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. McDonough graduated from Saint John's University summa cum laude with a history degree in 1992.
From 1996 to 1999, McDonough worked as an aide to the House International Relations Committee, where he focused on Latin America. McDonough then served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Tom Daschle. After Daschle's re-election defeat in 2004, McDonough became legislative director for newly elected Senator Ken Salazar. McDonough later served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
In 2007, Senator Barack Obama's chief foreign policy advisor, Navy reservist Mark Lippert, was called into active duty and recruited McDonough to serve as his replacement during Lippert's deployment to Iraq. McDonough continued to serve as a senior foreign policy advisor to Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign. After Obama's election, he joined the administration as the National Security Council's head of Strategic Communication. He also served as National Security Council Chief of Staff.
On October 22, 2010, President Obama announced that McDonough would be replacing Thomas E. Donilon as Deputy National Security Advisor, who was leaving his position to succeed General James L. Jones as National Security Advisor. McDonough was seen in photos of the White House situation room taken during the monitoring of the SEAL operation in Pakistan that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
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- ^ George Thole (April 17, 2008). "Thole: Remember sacrifices of those who serve". Stillwater Gazette. http://www.stillwatergazette.com/articles/2008/04/17/sports/sports240.txt. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
- ^ a b c d e f g h Arthur Eisele (Winter 2009). "At Home in the West Wing: An Interview with Denis McDonough '92". Saint John's Magazine. http://www.sjualum.com/publications/Documents/2009%20Winter/McDonough%20Article.pdf. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
- ^ Thayer Evans (September 18, 2009). "No Whistles, No Tackling and No End in Sight for St. John's Coach". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/19/sports/ncaafootball/19coach.html. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
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- ^ Monica Langley (September 22, 2007). "From the Campaign to the Battlefront". The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119042577714035919.html. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
- ^ "Obama's People". The New York Times Magazine. January 18, 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/magazine/2009-inauguration-gallery/index.html?WT.mc_id=PO-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-MII-ROS-0109-NA&WT.mc_ev=click. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
- ^ Helene Cooper (July 9, 2010). "The Saturday Profile: The Adviser at the Heart of National Security". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/world/10mcdonough.html. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
- ^ Peter Baker (October 22, 2010). "Obama Making National Security Appointment". The Caucus Blog. The New York Times. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/22/obama-making-national-security-appointment. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
- Denis McDonough at WhoRunsGov at The Washington Post
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White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
William M. Daley
National Security Advisor
Deputy National Security Advisor
Thomas E. Donilon
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
Senior Advisor to the President
Deputy Senior Advisor to the President
Counselor to the President
Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan
Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications
Senior Advisor to the President and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Valerie Jarrett
Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security John O. Brennan 2009– Director of Public Engagement
Deputy National Security Advisor and NSC Chief of Staff
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz 2009– White House Communications Director Daniel Pfeiffer 2009- Director, National Economic Council
Deputy White House Communications Director
White House Press Secretary
Deputy Director, National Economic Council Diana Farrell 2009– Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton 2009– Deputy Director, National Economic Council
Deputy Director, National Economic Council
Director of Special Projects Stephanie Cutter 2010-2011 Chair of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board Paul Volcker 2009– Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau 2009– Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors
White House Counsel
Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
Member of the Council of Economic Advisors Katharine Abraham 2011- Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Lisa Konwinski 2009– Member of the Council of Economic Advisors Cecilia Rouse 2009– Executive Clerk George T. Saunders† 2009– Director, Office of Management and Budget
Director, Office of Political Affairs
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Performance Officer and Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients
2009– Chief Information Officer
Director, Office of Presidential Personnel
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Director of Scheduling and Advance
Director, White House Military Office
George D. Mulligan, Jr.
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk 2009– Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu 2009– Director, Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes 2009– Deputy Cabinet Secretary Liz Sears Smith 2009– Deputy Director, Domestic Policy Council Heather Higginbottom 2009– Staff Secretary Lisa Brown 2009– Director, Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Joshua DuBois 2009– Director, Office of Management and Administration Bradley Kiley 2009– Director, Office of Health Reform Nancy DeParle 2009–2011 Director, Oval Office Operations Micaela Fernandez 2009– Deputy Director, Office of Health Reform Jeanne Lambrew 2009– Personal Aide to the President Reggie Love 2009– Director, Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner 2009–2011 Personal Secretary to the President Katie Johnson 2009– Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal 2009– Special Projects Coordinator and Confidential Assistant to the President Eugene Kang
2009– Director, Council on Environmental Quality
Director, Office of National AIDS Policy
Chief of Staff to the First Lady
Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske 2009– White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers
Director, Office of Urban Affairs Policy Adolfo Carrión, Jr. 2009– Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren 2009– *Senate-confirmation pending. †Remained from previous administration(s). Office of the Vice PresidentPositionAppointeePositionAppointee Chief of Staff to the Vice President Bruce Reed Chief of Staff to the Second Lady Catherine Russell Counsel to the Vice President Cynthia Hogan Director of Administration for the Office of the Vice President Moises Vela Counselor to the Vice President Mike Donilon Domestic Policy Adviser to the Vice President Terrell McSweeny Assistant to the Vice President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison Evan Ryan Chief Economist and Economic Policy Adviser to the Vice President Jared Bernstein Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Communications Jay Carney Press Secretary to the Vice President Elizabeth Alexander Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President Alan Hoffman Deputy Press Secretary to the Vice President Annie Tomasini Deputy National Security Adviser to the Vice President Brian McKeon Director of Legislative Affairs Sudafi Henry Residence Manager and Social Secretary for the Vice President and Second Lady Carlos Elizondo Director of Communications for the Second Lady Courtney O’Donnell National Security Adviser to the Vice President Tony Blinken
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