David Gergen

Co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School

David is a professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for the past decade. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and works actively with a rising generation of new leaders. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best-seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 2001). In the 1980s, he began a career in journalism. Starting with the McNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in 1984, he has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 28 years. Twice he has been a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards, and he has contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams. In the late 1980s, he was chief editor of U.S. News & World Report, working with publisher Mort Zuckerman to achieve record gains in circulation and advertising. Over the years, he has been active on many non-profit boards, serving in the past on the boards of both Yale and Duke Universities. Among his current boards are Teach for America, City Year, the Schwab Foundation, the Mission Continues, the Aspen Institute and Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing. A native of North Carolina, David is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. He has been awarded 27 honorary degrees.

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