Bachelor, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School Public & International Affairs, New Jersey, 1988. Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991.
Law clerk to Honorary Robert E. Cowen United States Court Appeals (3rd Circuit), 1991—1992. Litigation attorney Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, 1992—1997. Deputy chief counsel government reform committee United States House of Representatives, 1997—2005.
Legislation director, acting chief of staff Senate office Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, 2005—2008. Executive director Obama-Biden Transition Project, 2008. Cabinet secretary The White House, since 2009.
Special advisory Senator John Kerry's Presidential Campaign., 2004.
Married Kathryn Thomson.