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Denis McDonough

  • Senior Principal

Denis McDonough served as White House Chief of Staff for President Obama’s second term, managing thousands of staff and providing strategic advice to the President on the most significant domestic policy, national security and management issues of the day. He planned and coordinated efforts to recruit and retain key talent – including an unprecedented expansion of technology experts, engineers and content generators within the White House and across the federal government.

Prior to his role as Chief of Staff, McDonough served as White House Deputy National Security Advisor from 2010 to 2013. In this position, he chaired the National Security Council's Deputies Committee, leading a multiagency team through complex national security decisions, including decisions related to the Iran nuclear negotiations, strategic arms reductions talks with Russia, the United States re-balance to Asia, the Afghan surge and the Iraq drawdown.

Prior to his eight-year stint in the White House, McDonough served in senior leadership and policy making positions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

McDonough lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.