Gene Sperling is the only person to serve as National Economic Council (NEC) director and National Economic Adviser for two presidents: President Bill Clinton (1997–2001) and President Barack Obama (2011–14). He currently heads Sperling Economic Strategies and is Contributing Editor for The Atlantic Monthly. In the Obama administration, Mr. Sperling played a key role in budget negotiations with Congress and was the White House point person on several top Obama initiatives, including the American Jobs Act, manufacturing, long-term unemployment policies, Select USA, ConnectED, housing finance and improving college opportunity for lower-income Americans. He played a key role in the passage of the Small Business Jobs Act, trade adjustment assistance, the payroll tax cut, the expansion of tax credits for low-income working Americans and the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation. As President Clinton’s NEC director, he was a lead negotiator in the 1997 Bipartisan Balanced Budget Agreement and a key architect of the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act and several key Clinton policies, including significant increases of the earned income tax credit. Previously, he was senior counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner from 2009 to 2010 and a member of the President’s Auto Task Force. He was the founder and director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, and a top outside economic adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns. He is the author of two books: What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment (2015) and The Pro-Growth Progressive (2005). He was a consultant for four seasons to NBC’s West Wing where he shared writing credits on four episodes. He is married to Allison Abner, a television writer, and has two children and two close godchildren.