Biography

Tom Donilon is a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Belfer Center. Prior to his appointment at the Center in the summer of 2013, Donilon had been National Security Advisor to President Obama since 2010.

Donilon, whose responsibilities as National Security Advisor included overseeing the National Security Council staff and chairing the Cabinet-level National Security Principals Committee, provided the President's daily national security briefing and was responsible for the coordination and integration of the administration's foreign policy, intelligence, and military efforts.

Prior to his appointment as National Security Advisor, Donilon served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor. In that role, he was responsible for managing the U.S. government's national security policy development and crisis management process. He has worked closely with and advised three U.S. presidents beginning in 1977 with President Carter. During the Clinton administration, he served as Assistant Secretary of State and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of State. In that capacity, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Department’s major policy initiatives, including the NATO expansion, the Dayton Peace Accords, and the Middle East Peace process. Before his government service, Donilon was a partner at the international law firm O'Melveny & Myers.

Donilon has been honored with the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and the CIA's Director's Award.

Tom Donilon received his undergraduate degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Virginia.

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm

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