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David Gergen
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David Gergen

A trusted advisor to four presidents and to both political parties, David Gergen offers a bipartisan analysis of recent political history, the Trump administration, and what today’s headlines mean for the future of America.
Senior Political Analyst, CNN

Expertise In:

  • American Politics
  • U.S. Current Events
  • China
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Media and Journalism

Audience & Industry

  • Corporations
  • Lecture Series
  • Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
  • Associations
  • Jewish Interest Groups

A trusted advisor to four presidents and to both political parties, David Gergen offers a bipartisan analysis of recent political history, the Trump administration, and what today’s headlines mean for the future of America.

A true public servant, David Gergen put his country above his personal politics, serving as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and then Clinton. Today he helps audiences break through ideological barriers to recognize simple and lasting political truths and to reflect on the practice of leadership. Gergen's unique vantage point—serving as an Oval Office insider to presidents from different political parties—provides him with insights that few others can match. For more than 30 years, Gergen has been an active participant in American political life. Since leaving government, he has served as editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report and as the founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Now, he is a Professor of Public Service at the Kennedy School and a Senior Political Analyst for CNN. Author of the New York Times best-seller Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton, he offers an inside glimpse into the corridors of power and the leadership challenges presidents face, bringing clarity to the most complex international and domestic issues.

Featured Videos

Featured Experiences

The Press, The President and Public Policy

Television and the Internet have become indispensable tools for presidential leadership. In fact, the media is a primary institutional force an effective president must manage by cooperation, charm and persuasion. The incoming administration’s future success will be partly measured by its ability to manage the media in order to communicate its legislative goals to the nation. The experienced journalist, presidential advisor and sought-after political analyst, David Gergen, shares with audiences:

  • His views on how the media impacts our nation’s policy focus 
  • What the incoming administration must do to ensure the media does not resist the President's goals
  • Lessons to be learned from presidential media greats, such as Roosevelt, and mistakes to avoid

Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America

From Nixon to Clinton, Watergate to Whitewater, few Americans have observed the ups and downs of presidential leadership more closely over the past thirty years than David Gergen. A White House adviser to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, he offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of their struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of the future. As the world's economic and political dynamics continue to evolve, a new age is ahead for America, but its realization will depend heavily upon the success of a new generation at the top. Drawing upon all his many experiences in the White House, he offers seven key lessons for leaders of the future. What they must have, he says, are: inner mastery; a central, compelling purpose rooted in moral values; a capacity to persuade; skills in working within the system; a fast start; a strong, effective team; and a passion that inspires others to keep the flame alive.

Election Issues and Answers

Many questions remain unanswered regarding the future of the country—and both parties need take an active part in solutions to tackle the difficult issues ahead. What plans will Congress and the Trump Administration pursue to grow the economy? Where is the country headed on energy, immigration, health care, the environment, jobs and taxes? How will we face the development of increasingly complex and dangerous threats to national security? On what issues will both parties be able to work together? How will all of this impact what our President is able to accomplish? Uncanny in his ability to translate what is happening in Washington into how it will affect your audience, David Gergen sets his sights on the current political landscape. A trusted advisor to presidents of both parties and a leading commentator for more than two decades, Gergen offers unmatched perspectives on the future of America.