Private Dinner with Jake Sullivan, U.S. Department of
State, Director of Policy Planning and Deputy Chief of Staff to
Secretary of State Clinton
On November 7th, PSA hosted a private CFP reception with Jake Sullivan.
Jake Sullivan is the Director of Policy Planning at the United States
Department of State and Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State
Clinton. Prior to assuming his post as Director in February 2011, Mr.
Sullivan had served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy since January
2009. He also served as Deputy Policy Director on then-Senator Clinton’s
presidential campaign, and as a member of the debate preparation team
for then-Senator Obama’s general election debates. Mr. Sullivan
previously served as Chief Counsel and senior policy adviser to Senator
Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, his home state.
Trained as a lawyer, he worked as an associate at the Minneapolis law
firm of Faegre & Benson and as an adjunct professor at the
University of St. Thomas Law School. Mr. Sullivan served as a clerk for
Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the
Second Circuit and for Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States
Mr. Sullivan served in research posts for Leslie Gelb during Gelb’s
tenure as President of the Council on Foreign Relations and for Strobe
Talbott during Talbott’s time at the Yale Center for the Study of
Globalization. He also worked as a reporter and researcher at Time
Magazine in London.
Mr. Sullivan graduated from Yale College with a degree in Political
Science and International Studies. He earned an M.Phil. in International
Relations from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he served as
managing editor of the Oxford International Review. He earned a J.D.
from Yale Law School, where he was an Articles Editor of the Yale Law
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