Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy with Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
Dan Pfeiffer currently serves as Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor. In January 2009, Pfeiffer joined the White House as Deputy Communications Director and became the Communications Director in December 2009. He first joined the President's campaign as the Traveling Press Secretary and later became the Communications Director. Prior to working on the campaign, Pfeiffer previously worked for Vice President Al Gore, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and Senators Tim Johnson and Evan Bayh.
Gene B. Sperling
Gene B. Sperling is Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Upon his appointment on January 7, 2011, Mr. Sperling became the first person to serve as NEC Director and principal economic policy advisor for two presidents: first under President Clinton from 1997 to 2001, and now under President Obama.
In the Obama Administration, Sperling has played a key role representing the White House in budget negotiations with Congress as well as in designing several of the President’s economic initiatives including the American Jobs Act, the extension of Transition Adjustment Assistance, the universal dislocated workers program, and the small business tax credit. He also serves as the White House point person on several of the President’s top priorities including manufacturing policy, housing, and economic assistance for veterans.
During his eight years at the White House in the Clinton Administration, Sperling helped negotiate the 1993 and 1997 Deficit Reduction Acts and the increase in the earned-income tax credit and a champion of Saving Social Security First, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Direct Student Loan program.
Mr. Sperling’s work extends beyond economics. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Sperling was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution where he focused on education in poor and conflict-affected nations. He was the founder and Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-authored a book entitled What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence and Policies from the Developing World.
Mr. Sperling was also Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, where he authored The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Sperling served as Counselor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, Mr. Sperling served as a lead policy advisor on fiscal, budget, tax, job creation and small business issues.
Mr. Sperling graduated from the University of Minnesota and Yale Law School, and attended Wharton Business School. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents still live.
Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast, Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to President Obama, and Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, respond to a question about whether the President has picked a successor to Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke.
Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast, Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to President Obama, and Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, weigh in on whether the President can reach a compromise with Congress on the budget and the debt ceiling.
Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast, Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to President Obama, gives his take on what the President can hope to accomplish during his second term in office, given the Republicans' control over the House of Representatives and large minority in the Senate.