Jake Sullivan is a senior fellow and Master in Public Policy faculty member at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Sullivan is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Brady-Johnson Distinguished Practitioner in Grand Strategy at Yale University. He served in the Obama administration as national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, as well as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was the Senior Policy Adviser on Secretary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Previously, he served as deputy policy director on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential primary campaign, and a member of the debate preparation team for Barack Obama's general election campaign. Sullivan also previously served as a senior policy adviser 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 is a member of the board of directors of the Truman National Security Project, the advisory board of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace, and the Aspen Strategy Group. Sullivan holds undergraduate and law degrees from Yale and a master's degree from Oxford.