Douglas Jay Band (born October 28, 1972[2])  is an American businessman and lawyer who is a founding partner and former president of Teneo, a multinational C-suite advisory firm and investment bank.[3] Previously he was Deputy Assistant to President Bill Clinton in the White House and[4][5][6] later counselor to President Bill Clinton.[1] Band was the "key architect" of the Clinton post-presidency[7] and he created the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).[1][3] Band later worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation, and also traveled to North Korea to orchestrate the release of the two Americans and to Cuba to help secure the release of another American, Alan P. Gross.[8]

Doug Band
Born (1972-10-28) October 28, 1972 (age 51)
Alma materUniversity of Florida
Georgetown University
Georgetown University Law Center
Occupation(s)Former president, Teneo
Adjunct associate professor, New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Known forFormer advisor to President Bill Clinton[1]
Board member ofCoca-Cola's International Advisory Committee, former member;
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, US Soccer
SpouseLily Rafii

Additionally, he served as a member of Coca-Cola's International Advisory Committee[9] and since 2010 [10] has served as an associate adjunct professor at New York University,[6][1] teaching a class on public service.

Early life and education edit

Band is the youngest of four children of David and Myrna Band.[11] A native of Sarasota, Florida, Band earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida with a major in English and a minor in Ethics.[7] He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.[12] While working in the White House for six years,[1] he earned a master's degree in liberal arts from Georgetown University's graduate school and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, attending both programs in the evening[5] while working full time in the White House.[13]

Career edit

Service in the Clinton presidency edit

Band began working in the White House in 1995 during the Clinton Presidency as an unpaid intern in the White House Counsel's Office. Band then served on the White House Counsel's office staff for four years, eventually becoming a special assistant to the president, and then one of the youngest deputy assistants ever[7] to serve a president.[7][14] Band then served as the President's aide, traveling to nearly 125 countries and over 2,000 cities.[9][1]

Post-presidential career edit

Band served as counselor and chief advisor to former President Clinton until 2012[1] and became "the key architect of Clinton's post-presidency."[7] During Clinton's post-presidency, Band helped set up and advised President Clinton's personal office and the Clinton Global Initiative and advised the William J. Clinton Foundation in its formative years.[7] He created and built the Clinton Global Initiative.[1] According to figures released by the Clinton Foundation, CGI raised $69 billion for 2,100 philanthropic projects around the world.[3] Clinton has credited Band with CGI: "Doug had the idea to do this,"[15] also stating that he was "very grateful for the role that [Band] played when we started out."[16]

In 2002 Band met Jeffrey Epstein as Clinton and Epstein went on a trip together. Band said he disliked Epstein and urged Clinton to cease his relationship with him, which Clinton refused to do. He also said Clinton had visited Epstein's island, Little Saint James, in January 2003.[17][18] The flight logs of Epstein's private jets indicate Band has traveled on the airplane 26 times, including two flights on 14 June 2003, together with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, without Bill Clinton.[19]

Band negotiated with the Obama Administration to appoint then-Senator Hillary Clinton to become Secretary of State.[20] Band also traveled with former President Clinton to North Korea to orchestrate the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee from captivity on August 4, 2009.[21]

According to emails from 2009 and 2011 published by Wikileaks[22][23] Band wrote a memo accusing Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky of conflicts of interest,[22] with the latter raising money for his hedge fund from Clinton foundation donors and friends.[24] In 2011, Chelsea Clinton accused Band of having conflicts of interest between his work at the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Consulting. According to Politico, the dispute eventually "degenerated" into a "dust-up" between Doug Band and Chelsea Clinton.[22] Band resigned from working for the Clintons in 2012.[25]

Band served on the Coca-Cola Company International Advisory Board[6] and on the Vote Vets advisory board.[26] He is on the Georgetown University Board of Regents and the board of Boys and Girls Club,[citation needed] and is a trustee at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum,[27] and on the boards of New York City Football Club,[10] Students First,[28] and the University of Florida Foundation.[29] Band was a member of the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its failed effort to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022,[9] through US Soccer.[30] Since 2010[10] Band has taught a class on The Intersection of Politics and Public Service at New York University Wagner as an adjunct associate professor.[6][1] Band retired from Teneo in December 2020. [31]

Personal life edit

Band and his wife Lily Rafii live in New York City[5][32][33] and have three children.[1] Bill Clinton gave a toast at Band's wedding.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Doug Band - President, Teneo Holdings". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "DOUGLAS JAY BAND". Tom Alciere. Archived from the original on 2016-10-23. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Doug Band". Teneo. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. ^ "FIFA hires firm run by former Bill Clinton aide Doug Band". Politico. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Alumni CLASnotes. "Alumni CLASnotes Spring 2008 - Doug Band Spotlight" Archived 2020-10-05 at the Wayback Machine The University of Florida, Alumni CLASnotes, written by Buffy Lockette
  6. ^ a b c d "Doug Band Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration". NYU Wagner. Archived from the original on 2015-09-10. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Alisson Clark. "Doug Band: The Gator Behind Bill Clinton", The Gainesville Sun, February 4, 2009.
  8. ^ Joe Conason, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton
  9. ^ a b c "Counselor To President Clinton, Douglas Band, Joins Team To Bring FIFA World Cup To United States in 2018 or 2022". US Soccer. Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  10. ^ a b c "Band on Linked". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Scott, Anna (24 July 2009). "Bill Clinton will speak in Sarasota in September". Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Journal: Three Citation recipients honored in 2013". Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  13. ^ Doug Band: Is this the man who could bring down Hillary Clinton?, New Statesman, September 23, 2013
  14. ^ The Man at the Center of 'Bill Clinton Inc., The Atlantic
  15. ^ Jeremy Wallace. "Clinton Heaps Praise on Band Family" Archived 2011-12-09 at the Wayback Machine, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, October 01 2009.
  16. ^ "Clinton: 'I'm very grateful' for Band". 23 September 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  17. ^ Norton, Tom (2 January 2024). "Did Bill Clinton Visit Jeffrey Epstein's Island? What We Know". Newsweek.
  18. ^ Sherman, Gabriel (2 December 2020). "Confessions of a Clintonworld Exile". Vanity Fair.
  19. ^ Flight logs "Flight Logs Unredacted" April 4, 2023.
  20. ^ Monica Langley. "Bill Clinton in Talks to Smooth Wife's Path to Cabinet", The Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2008, pp. A01.
  21. ^ Strobel, Warren P. "Administration cautious on what journalists' release means for talks with N. Korea". Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  22. ^ a b c Gerstein, Josh (26 October 2016). "Hacked memo offers an angry glimpse inside 'Bill Clinton Inc.'". Politico. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  23. ^ Kessler, Glenn (January 4, 2017). "Did the Clinton Foundation pay for Chelsea's wedding?". Retrieved December 18, 2017 – via
  24. ^ Chelsea's husband allegedly used foundation ties to boost hedge fund, Politico, November 6, 2016
  25. ^ Clinton Foundation's Fundraisers Pressed Donors to Steer Business to Former President, The Wall Street Journal, October 26, 2016
  26. ^ " Board of Advisors - Doug Band". Vote Vets. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  27. ^ "Board of Trustees - Doug Band". OKC National Memorial & Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  28. ^ "Launch of StudentsFirstNY Announced". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  29. ^ "Douglas Band - University of Florida Alumni Association". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  30. ^ Counselor to President Clinton, Douglas Band, Joins Team to Bring FIFA World Cup to United States in 2018 or 2022 April 8, 2010
  31. ^ "Doug Band to Retire from Teneo". Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  32. ^ Romano, Lois (27 February 2008). "Bill Clinton's Aide, Now in the Story". The Washington Post.
  33. ^ Froelich, Paula (7 September 2006). "The power of philanthropy". CNN Money.

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