Douglas J. Band began working in the White House in 1995, serving in the White House Counsel’s office for four years and later in the Oval Office as the President’s Aide. In 1999, Doug was appointed by President Clinton as a Special Assistant to the President before he was made one of the youngest Deputy Assistants ever to serve a President.
Doug served as President Clinton’s chief advisor from 2002 until 2012, advising him as the Counselor to the President, and was the key architect of Clinton’s post-Presidency. He created and built the Clinton Global Initiative, which to date has raised 69 billion dollars for 2,100 philanthropic initiatives around the world and impacted over 400 million people in 180 countries.
On March 1, 2012, President Clinton said of Doug: “I couldn’t have achieved half of what I have in my post presidency without Doug Band. Doug is my Counselor and a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, which was created at his suggestion. He tirelessly works to support the expansion of CGI’s activities and my other foundation work around the world. In our first ten years, Doug’s strategic vision and fund-raising made it possible for the foundation to survive and thrive. I hope and believe he will continue to advise me and build CGI for another decade.”
Doug has traveled to 125 countries and to over 2000 cities. In the Summer of 2009, he traveled to North Korea with President Clinton to orchestrate and secure the release of two American journalists. Additionally, he has been involved in other negotiations to free and help Americans held around the world. He has assisted in the rebuilding of nations and regions after some of the worst natural disasters in the past two decades, including New Orleans, Haiti, Southeast Asia, and Gujarat, India. Doug has advised several heads of state, governors and mayors transition out of public office into private life. He was part of the negotiation team that handled all aspects of Hillary Clinton’s becoming Secretary of State. He continues to serve his country in assisting various domestic agencies and advising foreign governments on nation-building, infrastructure creation and democratic governance structure.
Doug serves on the faculty of New York University as an Adjunct Professor, the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Board, the Clinton Foundation Sweden Board of Directors, the Humana Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation Board of Directors, as a Regent on the Georgetown University Board of Regents, the Coca-Cola Company International Advisory Board, the New York City Football Club Board of Directors, America’s Cup Organizing Committee, as a trustee on the Boy’s Club of NY, the Center for American Progress, the First Tee of NY and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. Doug served on the Clinton Global Initiative Board of Directors from its inception in 2008 until its conclusion in 2012 and in 2010 on the Board of Directors of the United States Bid Committee for the World Cup.
Doug graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 and while working at the White House for 6 years, he simultaneously obtained a masters and a Law degree from Georgetown University by attending both programs in the evenings.
Doug lives in New York City with his wife Lily and their two children, Max (3) and Sophie (1).