“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Yohannes Abraham was a Fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Abraham served in the Obama White House as a Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council, where he focused on international economic policy. He also served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. As Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett's top aide, he oversaw the team tasked with engaging state and local governments, the private sector, organized labor, and advocacy groups across the spectrum to inform and promote President Obama’s policy priorities. His team helped build domestic support for President Obama's second term international priorities, including the Paris Climate Agreement and the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Abraham first began working for then-Senator Obama during his Iowa Caucus campaign in 2007. He went on to serve as Senator Obama’s Virginia Field Director in the 2008 general election, helping turn Virginia blue for the first time in 44 years. During President Obama’s first term, Abraham served in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. He went on to serve in the DNC as the National Political Director of Organizing for America. Abraham was one of the first staffers hired onto President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, ultimately serving as Deputy National Political Director.
Abraham is a graduate of Yale College and a native of Springfield, Virginia. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia and sits on the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Community College System.Last Updated: Sep 18, 2018, 2:50pm