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Mona K. Sutphen (born November 10, 1967)[1] served as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.[2][3][4] She is currently a Senior Advisor at The Vistria Group, a private equity firm. From 2013 to 2019, she was a partner at Macro Advisory Partners LLP[5] and from 2011-2013 was Managing Director at UBS AG, covering geopolitical risk, macro-policy trends and their impact on the global economy. She has also previously held positions as an American diplomat and served on the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. She is the co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.

Mona Sutphen
Mona Sutphen .jpg
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
In office
January 20, 2009 – January 26, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJoel Kaplan
Succeeded byNancy-Ann DeParle
Personal details
Born (1967-11-10) November 10, 1967 (age 51)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Clyde Williams
EducationMount Holyoke College (BA)
London School of Economics (MSc)



Sutphen is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from John Marshall High School there.[6] Her mother was Jewish and her father African American.[3][7][8]

She earned her B.A. in international relations in 1989 from Mount Holyoke College[9] and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

From 2001-2008 Sutphen was managing director of Stonebridge International, a Washington-based business strategy consulting firm that works with multinational corporations, financial institutions and other organizations on challenges worldwide. She also served as Vice President for Currenex,[10] the first internet-based trading platform for the institutional foreign exchange market.[11]

She has served as a United States Foreign Service officer (1991–2000), serving in the Clinton White House on the staff of the National Security Council (1998–2000).,[12] She also worked in the State Department's Human Rights bureau, and at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the board of the International Rescue Committee,[13] Human Rights First, and is a Trustee of Mount Holyoke College. She is an independent Director at Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) and Pattern Energy (NASDAQ: PEGI), and serves on the advisory board of the Columbia Center for Global Energy Policy. She previously was an adjunct professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is the co-author (with Nina Hachigian) of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Clyde Williams, who previously served as President Bill Clinton's domestic policy adviser at his Foundation, as vice president at the Center for American Progress, and as the Democratic National Committee's political director. They married in 2001 and together they have two children.[15]


Hachigian, Nina and Sutphen, Mona. The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise, Simon & Schuster (January 8, 2008) ISBN 978-0-7432-9099-9


  1. ^ "Obama's People". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  2. ^ "President-elect Barack Obama announces additional key White House staff" (Press release). The Obama-Biden Transition Team. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Scott (2009-04-14). "Another World: Policy Chief Enters a New Phase". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  4. ^ Tapper, Jake (2011-01-27). "Jay Carney Picked as New White House Press Secretary". ABC News. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  5. ^ "The Firm". Macro Advisory Partners. 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  6. ^ Illinois/Wisconsin Briefs: Sutphen to play role in administration Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine Dubuque Telegraph Herald November 30, 2008.
  7. ^ "Obama names Axelrod as adviser". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  8. ^ Marrero, Diana (2008-11-29). "Return engagement: Milwaukee native back in D.C., ready for key role in Obama administration". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  9. ^ Sutphen, Mona (2008-08-01). "Rise & Shine". Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  10. ^ "Mona K. Sutphen". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  11. ^ "Currenex". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  12. ^ Steinhauser, Paul (2008-11-16). "Obama chooses more White House positions". Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  13. ^ "IRC Board of Directors and Overseers". International Rescue Committee (IRC). 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  14. ^ Smiley, Tavis (2008-01-30). "Mona Sutphen, Nina Hachigian". Tavis Smiley. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  15. ^ Vogel, Kenneth (2009-06-15). "15 Obama administration power couples". The Politico. Retrieved 2009-06-24.

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