Ken Duberstein

Counselor to Presidents

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Kenneth M. Duberstein is chairman and CEO of The Duberstein Group, an independent strategic planning and consulting company advising leading corporations and a select group of trade associations.

Duberstein served as a key member of the Reagan Administration during his various assignments as White House Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.  He was a principal architect of the winning Reagan congressional coalition during the historic first term and returned to the White House for the last two years of the Administration to help lead and guide the rebuild of the Reagan Presidency after the so-called Iran-Contra scandal. Reagan left office at 68% job approval; the highest of any two term president since polling began.

Among the Board of Directors on which Duberstein serves are:  The Boeing Company (lead director and chairman of the Governance, Organization and Nominating Committees), the Travelers Companies (chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee), and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation.  He previously was the presiding director at Conoco-Phillips and a member of the board at Dell, Inc.

He is a lifetime trustee of Franklin & Marshall College and The Kennedy Center for Preforming Arts.  He is chairman of the Harvard University Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School, and serves as well on a wide range of commissions, task forces, and cultural, educational and volunteer boards, including the board of directors of the Brookings Institution, the National Alliance to End Homelessness and The Colin L. Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, having served on its board for 10 years.

Prior to joining the Reagan 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 & Company Inc., a government relations firm. His earlier government service included Deputy Under Secretary 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 Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-NY).

From 2003 to 2006, Duberstein was a consultant for storyline and accuracy for the Emmy award winning TV series West Wing. He also appears as a commentator on network cable and Sunday morning news programs.

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

He is married to the former Jacquelyn Fain and he has four children: Jennifer, Jeff, Andy and Samantha.