Brian Deese was the President’s point person on some of the most historic undertakings of the Obama administration: from restructuring the American auto industry to securing the Paris Climate Agreement, economic and clean energy expert. During eight years that ran the gamut from financial crisis to momentous achievements in healthcare, environmental protection and bipartisan budget legislation, Deese rose to the position of Senior Advisor, counseling the President and shaping policy on conservation, energy, financial regulation, job creation and the economic impact of healthcare reform.
A key driver of U.S. global leadership on climate change, Deese was responsible for engagement with China, India and other major economies and for implementing the Obama energy agenda at home and abroad. He acted as principal negotiator of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and oversaw the Supreme Court nomination process of Judge Merrick Garland. Bringing perspectives gained in the White House inner circle and the center of major legislative and budget negotiations, Deese provides an insider’s outlook on subjects ranging from the future of healthcare and the economy to the future of our planet. His thought-provoking talks engage, inform and give audiences a high-level look at the political and economic landscape in 2017 and beyond.
Currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Brian Deese first gained national attention during the 2009 auto industry bailout. As senior member of the White House economic team, he helped to manage two of the nation’s largest industrial bankruptcies and the restructuring of GM and Chrysler. Referred to as “the 31-year-old in charge of GM,” by the New York Times, Deese’s wunderkind status was confirmed when Fortune magazine chose him as one of their “40 under 40” hottest stars in business and finance. Named as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, he oversaw the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Later, as Deputy and Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Deese managed the creation of the U.S. Federal Budget and drove reforms to improve the efficacy of government programs and services.
He also led the White House’s work with Congress to craft the first full, bipartisan omnibus budget in more than 20 years. Prior to government service, Brian Deese worked as an advisor on both the Obama and Clinton 2008 campaigns, was a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress and co-founder of the Center for Global Development. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and received a B.A., summa cum laude from Middlebury College.
Whether he’s weighing in on energy markets or providing inspirational advice on stepping up to lead (even if you’re the youngest person in the room), Brian Deese brings policy expertise, political wisdom and an infectious passion for public service to the keynote stage.