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New frontiers: Labor, immigration, and foreign policy


Denis McDonough, former White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama

Date & time

Feb 26, 2020, 4:00-5:20 pm EST


Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
735 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Please join us for a talk with Denis McDonough, former White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, in conversation with Associate Professor John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center. McDonough will speak about transforming labor markets and the new economy, as well as leading interagency coordination and crisis responses in the White House.

About the speaker:
Denis McDonough served as White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama from February 2013 until January 20, 2017. He managed the White House staff, as well as Cabinet Secretaries and agency leaders. He also advised the President on domestic policy and national security challenges facing the country, management issues facing the federal government, and devised and enforced plans and accountability for performance and goals, maintaining the Obama Administration’s reputation for effective, ethical operation. In the first term of the Obama Administration, he served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor. And throughout the 2008 Presidential campaign, McDonough served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for Obama for America. Prior to his eight-year tenure 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 is currently an Executive Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, teaching a global policy seminar for graduate and undergraduate students. He also serves as Senior Advisor for Technology and Global Policy for Macro Advisory Partners, as well as Senior Advisor at the Markle Foundation.

This event is cosponsored by the Ross School of Business.