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Jake Sullivan

U.S. National Security Advisor to President Joe Biden
Carsey Senior Fellow

Jake Sullivan, a senior fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy, currently serves as the United States National Security Advisor to President Joe Biden. Sullivan was a member of the Master in Public Policy faculty at the Carsey School from 2018 to 2020, teaching the required “Policy Across Borders” course. 

Sullivan served as Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden, Director of Policy Planning in the State Department, and as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was Senior Advisor to the U.S. government at the Iran nuclear negotiations and Senior Policy Adviser to Secretary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. 
Previously, he served as Deputy Policy Director on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential primary campaign and as a member of the debate preparation team for Barack Obama's general election campaign. Sullivan also previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor and chief counsel to Senator Amy Klobuchar from his home state of Minnesota. He clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Sullivan earned his undergraduate degree and juris doctor from Yale University and a graduate degree from Oxford University. He has taught and served as a visiting professor at Yale University. He has also served as a senior fellow for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; a member of the directorial board for the Truman National Security Project; and an advisory board member for the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace, and the Aspen Strategy Group.