For the past decade, David Gergen has been a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and contributes to Parade magazine.
Previously, he was a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents and wrote about those experiences in “Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.” In the 1980s, he also served as chief editor of U.S. News & World Report.
Over the years, Mr. Gergen has been active on many nonprofit boards, including those of both Yale and Duke Universities. Among his current boards are Teach for America, City Year, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Aspen Institute. Mr. Gergen also chairs the advisory board for the Elon University School of Law. He is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission.
Mr. Gergen is an honors graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School and has been awarded 22 honorary degrees. He and his wife Anne Elizabeth Gergen have two children and four grandchildren. Mr. Gergen currently is at work on a new book about renewing America's political culture.