Brian Deese, Director, National Economic Council

Brian Deese

Director, National Economic Council

Brian Christopher Deese was born in February 1978 in Belmont, Massachusetts. He earned an undergraduate degree in international policies and economics from Middlebury College and received a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. 

He was a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a research assistant at the Center for Global Development. He later worked as a senior policy analyst for economic policy at the Center for American Progress. He was actively involved in the 2008 presidential campaigns. 

He was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a special assistant to the president for economic policy, serving in the National Economic Council. Later he was named deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, where he served until being named to the position of Senior Advisor to the President. 

In January 2021, President Joe Biden named Deese to be the Director of the National Economic Council. 

Deese is married to Kara Arsenault. 

In the News…

During President Biden’s time at the NATO summit in Madrid, he stated that Americans can continue to pay a premium for gas “as long as it takes” to win the war in Ukraine.

When the president’s economic adviser, Brian Deese, was asked how the White House would respond to Americans’ concerns that they won’t be able to survive paying close to or over $5 a gallon, potentially for “years” to come, he responded that it was a premium for the war. 

“Well, what you heard from the president today was a clear articulation of the stakes,” Mr. Deese said. “​​This is about the future of the liberal world order and we have to stand firm. But at the same time, what I would say to that family and Americans across the country is you have a president and an administration that is going to do everything in its power to blunt those price increases and bring those prices down.”

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Director Brian Deese 
National Economic Council 
The White House 
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW 
Washington, DC 20500 


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