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The Hon. Kenneth M. Duberstein

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The Hon. Kenneth Duberstein is chairman and CEO of the Duberstein Group, an independent strategic planning and consulting company.


Mr. Duberstein previously served as chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan in 1988-89. During President Reagan’s two terms in office, he also served in the White House as deputy chief of staff (1987), as well as both the assistant and the deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs (1981-83).

Prior to joining the administration, he was vice president and director of business-government relations of the Committee for Economic Development. He returned to the private sector between his various White House assignments, as vice president of Timmons & Co. Inc., a government relations firm.

His earlier government service included positions as deputy undersecretary of labor during the Ford administration and director of congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. General Services Administration. He began his public service on Capitol Hill as an assistant to Sen. Jacob K. Javits.

Among the boards of directors on which Mr. Duberstein serves are the Boeing Co., Dell, the Travelers Cos., and Mack-Cali Realty Corp. He serves on a wide range of commissions, task forces, and cultural, educational and volunteer boards: Harvard University/Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics’ senior advisory committee, the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Duberstein was a consultant for storyline and accuracy for the Emmy Award-winning TV series “The West Wing.” He also regularly appears as a commentator on network and cable news programs, including Meet the Press, This Week, Inside Politics, PBS NewsHour, Nightly News, and CNBC’s Squawk Box.

He was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Reagan in January 1989. Mr. Duberstein graduated from Franklin & Marshall College (A.B., 1965) and American University (M.A., 1966). He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Franklin & Marshall in 1989.


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