David Gergen

Professor of Public Service and Founding Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

David Gergen has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years. He has has been a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards on two occassions, and contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams. Gergen is currently a professor of public service and founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for over a decade. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and works actively with a rising generation of new leaders. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best-seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 2001).

Gergen has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years, twice a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards, and he has contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams.

Over the years, Professor Gergen has been active on many non-profit boards, serving in the past on the boards of both Yale and Duke Universities. A native of North Carolina, Gergen 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. He is an honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. He has been awarded 27 honorary degrees.