Gene Sperling

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.


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