Tom Donilon

Tom Donilon

Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Institute, BlackRock

Thomas E. Donilon is Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Institute. He served as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. In that capacity Mr. Donilon oversaw the U.S. National Security Council staff, chaired the cabinet level National Security Principals Committee, provided the president’s daily national security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of the administration’s foreign policy, intelligence, and military efforts. Mr. Donilon also oversaw the White House’s cybersecurity and international energy efforts. Mr. Donilon served as the President’s personal emissary to a number of world leaders.

Mr. Donilon previously served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor. In that role, he was responsible for managing the U.S. government’s national security policy development and crisis management process. Mr. Donilon chaired the Obama-Biden transition at the U.S. Department of State. During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Mr. Donilon headed President Obama’s general election debate preparation effort. In 2016, he chaired the Presidential Commission to Enhance National Cybersecurity.

Mr. Donilon is among the nation’s most experienced policy and presidential advisors. He has worked closely with and advised three U.S. presidents since his first position at the White House in 1977, working with President Carter. He served as assistant secretary of state and chief of staff at the U.S. Department of State during the Clinton administration. He has received numerous awards for his public service.

Mr. Donilon is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, and a member of the Center on Global Energy Policy Advisory Board at Columbia University. He is also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees, and the Trilateral Commission. He has been a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board and the CIA’s External Advisory Board.

Mr. Donilon received his undergraduate degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Ambassador Cathy Russell, and their children, Sarah and Teddy.