The following individuals were listed as Advisers to Obama in the The Chicago Tribune article "Obama boasts a dedicated, high-powered inner circle" [1] and in The New York Sun article "Obama's Brain Trust Taking Shape" [2]

Energy/GW advisors Edit

  • Jack Darin : "energy policy advisor for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama" Darin's Obama site blog[3]
    • Sierra club director, Illinois state [4]
    • "chief lobbyist for the Sierra Club's Illinois Chapter" [5]

Domestic Policy advisors Edit

  • Cassandra Butts: Harvard Law classmate and former senior policy adviser to Dick Gephardt

Foreign Policy Advisors Edit

  • Gregory Craig
    • director of policy planning, Clinton State department.
    • defense team for President Clinton's impeachment is a newcomer to foreign policy.
  • Daniel Shapiro leads Middle East group.
    • former deputy chief of staff to Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida. Mr. Shapiro, who leads the Middle East group, spearheaded efforts in Congress to designate al Manar, the satellite television channel for Hezbollah, as a foreign terrorist organization. He sends his children to the Jewish Primary Day School in Washington, D.C.[6]
  • Anthony Lake "one of the campaign's most senior advisers"[7]
    • quotes in Sun article suggest interest in Middle East.
  • Samantha Power a professor at Harvard University and an expert in genocide and international law "The campaign has called her a foreign policy adviser, though not an adviser specifically on the Middle East"
  • Susan Rice
    • senior staff, President Clinton's national security council. served as assistant secretary of State for African affairs
    • outspoken foe of the Sudanese regime for the last ten years.
    • senior adviser for Senator Kerry's campaign.
  • Evidently she lied to the American people pertaining to the Benghazi killings.
  • Ben Rhodes chief speechwriter on foreign policy.
    • lead staff writer for the Iraq Study Group recommendations
    • coauthor of Lee Hamilton's and Thomas Kean's memoir of the commission to investigate September 11.
  • Denis McDonough "point guard" on foreign policy
    • formerly was legislative aide to Senator Daschle
  • Richard Danzig one of Senator Obama's chief advisers on military affairs.
    • secretary of the Navy for President Clinton
    • Education: Yale law, Rhodes scholar

Economic advisorsEdit

Technology advisorsEdit

  • Julius Genachowski: Harvard Law classmate, technology executive and former top aide to FCC chairman
    • Worked on Obama Tech & Innovation Plan [8]
  • Alec Ross: Identified as an Obama "science advisor" [9]
    • senior vice president of the non-profit One Economy Corporation- focussed on Digital divide issue
  • Reed Hundt[10]
  • Bill Kennard[10]
  • Daniel Weitzner[10]
  • Bill Kennard[10]
  • Eric Schmidt[10]
  • Craig Newmark[10]
  • Lawrence Lessig[11]

Roles in policy to be identified further Edit

  • David Axelrod: Uber campaign strategist; journalist-turned-media consultant who knows how to turn a phrase and throw a punch
    • named Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
  • Michele Obama: Harvard-educated lawyer; South Side native grounds him in reality, her husband’s “true north”
  • Bill Daley: Former Clinton Cabinet member and mayoral has quietly asked others for support
  • Robert Gibbs: Veteran of several campaigns; a seasoned political spokesman with “Northern ruthlessness and Southern charm”
  • Valerie Jarrett: Friend and confidant; lawyer and former deputy to Mayor Richard Daley who speaks her mind on politics and policy
  • Peter Rouse: Former top aide to Tom Daschle. Cautious institutionalist known for discretion.
  • Jim Reynolds: Chicago financial executive
  • John Rogers: Mutual fund executive and major Chicago Democratic fundraiser
  • David Plouffe: Level-headed and low-key, “one of the most well-rounded strategists.”
  • Michael Froman: Harvard Law classmate, financial executive and former top aide to Bob Rubin
  • Broderick Johnson: Former Clinton White House aide and telecom lobbyist
  • Martin Nesbitt: Parking company president close to Pritzker family


  1. Chicago Tribune, 14 January 2007, "Obama boasts a dedicated, high-powered inner circle", by Mike Dorning and Christi Parsons.
  2. The New York Sun article "Obama's Brain Trust Taking Shape" by Eli Lake, February 21, 2008
  3. Lists Jack Darin as Energy policy advisor:
  6. Shapiro role: The New York Sun article "Obama's Brain Trust Taking Shape" by Eli Lake, February 21, 2008
  7. Lake is a "most senior advisor": The New York Sun article "Obama's Brain Trust Taking Shape" by Eli Lake, February 21, 2008
  9. Alec ross id'd as a science advisor in "Clinton, Obama science advisors showcase their candidates", afp article on rawstory site.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5
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