Tom Donilon

tom donilon

Senior Director, BlackRock Institute; former National Security Adviser to Barack Obama

Tom is Chair of the BlackRock Investment Institute. He served as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. In that capacity Tom 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. Tom also oversaw the White House’s international economics, cybersecurity, and international energy efforts.  Tom served as the President’s personal emissary to a number of world leaders, including President Hu Jintao and President Xi Jinping, President Vladimir Putin, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Tom previously served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor. Tom chaired the Obama-Biden transition at the U.S. Department of State. During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Tom headed President Obama’s general election debate preparation effort.

Tom chaired the Presidential Commission to Enhance National Cybersecurity.  Tom is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a distinguished fellow at the Asia Society, a member of the Center on Global Energy Policy Advisory Board at Columbia University.  He has been a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board and the Central Intelligence Agency’s External Advisory Board.  He has participated in and led numerous policy groups including Co-Chairing with Governor Mitch Daniels the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases.

Tom is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees, and the Trilateral Commission.