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David E. White Jr. leads the National Security and Foreign Policy team at the White House Office of Presidential Personnel (PPO). Prior to assuming this role, David served on the National Security Council (NSC) staff as Senior Advisor to the White House Coordinator for Operation Allies Welcome, which is the whole-of-government effort to resettle Afghan allies in the U.S. Prior to joining the NSC staff, David was Deputy Associate Counsel at the White House, where he served in PPO and worked with senior-level candidates for presidentially-appointed, U.S. Senate-confirmed positions across the federal executive branch, with an emphasis on ambassadors, undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and other key leaders at agencies in the foreign policy, international economics, and national security fields.
Before joining the Biden-Harris Administration, David served on the Biden-Harris Transition Team, where he worked full-time in the Office of the General Counsel. David was previously a volunteer policy advisor on Vice President Kamala Harris's presidential campaign and advised the campaign on issues and policies related to veterans and military families. He later served as a volunteer policy advisor to President Joe Biden's presidential campaign, where he was a member of the International Economics Working Group, Trade Subgroup, and Diversity in National Security Working Group.
Prior to joining the White House, David was an attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, where his practice focused on, among other things, mergers and acquisitions, debt issuances and exchanges, in- and out-of-court workouts, and other distressed scenarios and special situations. David previously clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Watford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he researched and drafted opinions related to civil and criminal law. In law school, David was a member of the Harvard Business Law Review editorial staff and also cross-registered at both Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government, where he took finance, negotiation, diplomacy, foreign policy, and other courses.
Prior to entering the legal profession, David served on active duty as a U.S. Army Officer in a variety of domestic and overseas assignments, including as a Scout Platoon Leader in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11-12, where he earned the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Badge for actions during the war. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, David earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
David is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past Council of Urban Professionals Fellow and Aspen Institute Ideas Fellow. In his spare time, David runs a record label and music publishing company.
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