Black Jewish History Month: Mona Sutphen

Today in Black Jewish History Month, Mona Sutphen.

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Mona K. Sutphen is an American civil service worker and author. Sutphen served as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.

Sutphen was managing director of Stonebridge International, a Washington-based business strategy firm. She earned her B.A. in international relations in 1989 from Mount Holyoke College and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. She has served as a United States Foreign Service officer (1991–2000) and was also a member of the Clinton Administration, serving on the staff of the National Security Council (1998–2000)

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the co-author (with Nina Hachigian) of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.

The Washington Post published a profile of Sutphen on April 14, 2009. She was also identified as one of the “seven behind-the-scenes economic players you need to know in the Obama administration” in an article which appeared in the April 2009 issue of the magazine Condé Nast Portfolio.

Her mother was Jewish and her father African American.

She married Clyde Williams, the DNC’s new political director, in 2001, and together they have two young children

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