James Kvaal

Former Policy Director at Obama for America, Inc.

James Kvaal

James Kvaal

Former Policy Director at Obama for America, Inc.

Biography

James Kvaal, Deputy Director, Domestic Policy Council, The White House
James Kvaal is the deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House.Prior to his current position, he was the policy director on the Obama for America 2012 campaign. In the first term of the Obama Administration, he worked as deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education and special assistant to the president for economic policy, where he worked on higher education and labor market policies including student financial aid, community college reform, and simplifying the student aid application. Kvaal previously served in positions in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Clinton White House. He graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

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United States Department of Education

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Under Secretary for Policy at United States Department of Transportation

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Former Policymaker in Residence at The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation

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Founder at The Caulfield Consulting Group

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Vice President, Democracy & Government Reform at Center for American Progress

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Co-Director-Policy & Public Affairs at University of Virginia

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Assistant Secretary of Labor at United States Department of Labor

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Head, Policycenter at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Co-Founder at Womens Foundation of Colorado, Inc.

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Director, Framework Change at Ashoka

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Former Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark at United States Department of State

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James Kvaal
Former Policy Director at Obama for America, Inc.
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Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

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Stanford University, officially Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford is generally ranked among the best universities in the world by academic publications. It is also one of the top fundraising institutions in the country, becoming the first school to raise more than a billion dollars in a year.

Career History
Deputy Director
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Domestic Policy Council (DPC) coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House, ensures that domestic policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President’s stated goals, and monitors implementation of the President’s domestic policy agenda. The DPC is chaired by the President and comprised of the following Council members: Vice President; Secretary of Health and Human Services; Attorney General; Secretary of Labor; Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Secretary of the Interior; Secretary of Education; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Secretary of Agriculture; Secretary of Transportation; Secretary of Commerce; Secretary of Energy; Secretary of the Treasury; Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers; Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy; Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of National Service; Senior Advisor to the President for Policy Development; Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy; AIDS Policy Coordinator; and such other officials of Executive departments and agencies as the President may, from time to time designate.

Deputy Assistant to the President
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The presidency of Barack Obama began at noon EST on January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States, and ended on January 20, 2017. Obama, a Democrat, took office following a decisive victory over Republican John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Four years later, in the 2012 election, he defeated Republican Mitt Romney to win re-election. He was the first African American president, the first multiracial president, the first non-white president, and the first president to have been born in Hawaii. Obama was succeeded by Republican Donald Trump, who won the 2016 presidential election. Obama's first-term actions addressed the global financial crisis and included a major stimulus package, a partial extension of the Bush tax cuts, legislation to reform health care, a major financial regulation reform bill, and the end of a major US military presence in Iraq. Obama also appointed Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, the latter of whom became the first Hispanic American on the Supreme Court. Democrats controlled both houses of Congress until Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections. Following the elections, Obama and Congressional Republicans engaged in a protracted stand-off over government spending levels and the debt ceiling. The Obama administration's policy against terrorism downplayed Bush's counterinsurgency model, expanding air strikes and making extensive use of special forces and encouraging greater reliance on host-government militaries. The Obama administration orchestrated the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. In his second term, Obama took steps to combat climate change, signing a major international climate agreement and an executive order to limit carbon emissions. Obama also presided over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other legislation passed in his first term, and he negotiated rapprochements with Iran and Cuba. The number of American soldiers in Afghanistan fell dramatically during Obama's second term, though U.S. soldiers remained in Afghanistan throughout Obama's presidency and continue to as of 2018. Republicans took control of the Senate after the 2014 elections, and Obama continued to grapple with Congressional Republicans over government spending, immigration, judicial nominations, and other issues.

Deputy Undersecretary
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US Department of Education promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness. Its publications include a list of titles aimed at educators, students, parents, and administrators. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Political Donations
$250
2011

Former President of United States

$50
2010

Senior Vice President, Editor-in-Chief at Center for American Progress Action Fund

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