Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough

Chief of Staff
The White House

Denis McDonough is President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, a position he assumed in February 2013. Previously, he served as the Deputy National Security Advisor and Chief of Staff of the National Security Staff, and as the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications. Prior to arriving at the White House, McDonough served as a senior advisor on foreign policy issues on the Presidential Transition Team and on President Obama’s 2008 campaign. He was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. McDonough has also worked in the Congress, including as Foreign Policy Advisor for Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. McDonough graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and has a master's degree from Georgetown University. A native of Stillwater, Minnesota, McDonough currently lives in Maryland with his wife Kari and three children.