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January 18, 2017

Obama Set to Follow Allies Into Nonprofit World

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David Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, was recently hired as president of policy and advocacy at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

President Barack Obama has promised to continue working with mentorship program My Brother’s Keeper and its nonprofit arm after he leaves office this week. In so doing he’ll follow a path traveled by many of his top aides and officials in his White House who’ve assumed leadership positions at foundations, charities, and other philanthropic entities. Here’s a look at where they’ve landed:

Arne Duncan

Former secretary of education

Now managing partner, Emerson Collective

Kathleen Sebelius

Former secretary of health and human services

Now a trustee with the Estée Lauder Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation and a senior adviser to Out Leadership and the Aspen Institute

Melody Barnes

Former assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council

Now chair, Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions

David Plouffe

2008 Obama campaign manager

Now president of policy and advocacy, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Jane Lubchenco

Former administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Now a trustee with the Packard Foundation and the Nature Conservancy

Sonal Shah

Former deputy assistant to the president

Now executive director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, Georgetown University

Daniel Ashe

Former director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Now president, Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Melanca Clark

Former chief of staff, U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services

Now president, Hudson-Webber Foundation

Bruce Reed

Former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden

Served as president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Ruth Levine

Former deputy assistant administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Now program director, Hewlett Foundation

Gary Locke

Former secretary of commerce

Now a trustee, PATH

John Gomperts

Former director, AmeriCorps

Now president, America’s Promise Alliance

Michele Jolin

Former White House senior adviser for social innovation

Now chief executive, Results for America

Kristen Jarvis

Former special assistant to First Lady Michelle Obama

Now chief of staff to Ford Foundation President Darren Walker

Xavier De Souza Briggs

Former associate director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Now director of economic opportunity, Ford Foundation

Nicky Goren

Former acting chief executive, Corporation for National and Community Service

Now president, Meyer Foundation

Russlynn Ali

Former assistant secretary for civil rights, U.S. Department of Education

Now chief executive officer, XQ Institute

Peter Orszag

Former director, Office of Management and Budget

Now a trustee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Rajiv Shah

Former administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Will become president of the Rockefeller Foundation on March 1

Tonya Williams

Former special assistant to Vice President Joe Biden

Now vice president for policy, communications, and knowledge analytics, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Jonathan Greenblatt

Former special assistant to the president, director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation

Now chief executive officer and national director, Anti-Defamation League

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