|August 12, 2019|
The evening keynote address will feature a joint appearance from Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff (2013-17), and Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff (2017) and chairman of the Republican National Committee (2011-17).
About the speakers:
Denis McDonough served as White House chief of staff for nearly every day of President Barack Obama's second term. He managed the 4,000-member White House staff, as well as Cabinet secretaries and agency leaders. He provided strategic advice to the president on the most significant domestic policy, national security, and management issues facing the federal government. He also 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, from September 2010 until February 2013, McDonough served as assistant to the President and principal deputy national security advisor. He chaired the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee, leading a multiagency team to address complex national security challenges.
Prior to his eight-year tenure in the White House, McDonough served in senior leadership and policymaking 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 U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo.
McDonough was appointed senior principal at the Markle Foundation in February 2017. In this role, he is working to address the skills gap, particularly in light of the looming artificial intelligence revolution. As part of this work, McDonough will chair the Rework America Task Force, which will consist of a panel of influential Americans who will advance work on enabling all Americans to develop the skills they need to grow their careers and find a new place in the new economy.
He lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.
Reince Priebus was named White House chief of staff shortly after the 2016 campaign. Prior to managing the White House staff, Priebus served as the longest-serving chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in modern history.
He oversaw a dramatic turnaround of the RNC, rescuing its finances, repairing its operations, and rebuilding its ground game. By welcoming new voters and harnessing the power of new technologies, Priebus built the infrastructure needed for landslide GOP victories. He left the RNC as one of the winningest chairmen of either political party in American history.
Prior to his time at the RNC, Priebus was chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, where he created the framework for one of the most historic election cycles Wisconsin has ever experienced. During his tenure, the state’s Republicans elected Ron Johnson to the Senate, gained two additional U.S. House seats, won the governor’s office, and took back both the state Assembly and Senate, defeating the leaders of both those chambers.
Priebus has a long history in Republican politics as a grassroots volunteer. He worked his way up through the ranks of the Republican Party of Wisconsin as 1st congressional district chairman, state party treasurer, first vice chair, and eventually state party chairman. In 2009, Priebus served as general counsel to the RNC, volunteering his time to help manage the party’s most difficult challenges.
Priebus will be a visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School this Spring.
He and his wife, Sally, have two young children, Jack and Grace.
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