Bruce Reed

Fall 2016 Resident Fellow

Former White House Adviser to Presidents Clinton and Obama and Vice President Biden

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Seminar Information | "Hacks and Wonks: The Politics of Ideas," Tuesdays at 3 - 4:15 pm. All seminars are at the IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn Ave. Learn more.



A domestic policy expert, Bruce Reed served for more than a decade as a top White House policy adviser in both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

As President Clinton’s chief domestic policy advisor, he oversaw a host of domestic and social policies, including education, crime, welfare reform, youth smoking, and gun violence. In the Obama White House, he served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden, working on economic, fiscal, and tax policy, education, and gun violence. He previously served as executive director of the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction commission and lead author of its report, The Moment of Truth. After leaving the Obama administration, Reed spent two years as the first president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, where he led nationwide efforts to strengthen public education in urban areas.

Reed is now CEO of Civic, a bipartisan policy ideas company he co-founded. He also serves as Senior Policy Advisor at Emerson Collective; Co-chair of the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute; and a Senior Fellow at Results for America.

The son of a former Idaho state senator, Bruce Reed has a long record of public service. He began his career as chief speechwriter for then-Sen. Al Gore, policy director for then-Gov. Bill Clinton at the Democratic Leadership Council, and deputy campaign manager for policy of the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign. He has been a longtime contributor to Slate and the New Republic and co-authored The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America with Rahm Emanuel. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University and earned a Master of Philosophy degree in English studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.