Brian Deese

Director, National Economic Council; Former Global Head of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock

Brian Deese was appointed director of the National Economic Council by President Biden in December 2020. Previously, he led the sustainable investing team at BlackRock, focused on identifying drivers of long-term return associated with environmental, social and governance issues and integrating them throughout BlackRock’s investment processes.

Deese worked in the White House under President Obama where he was the President's senior advisor for climate and energy policy, helping to negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement and other national and international initiatives. Early on in the Obama Administration, Brian was one of the key architects in the resurgence of the auto industry after the financial crisis. Brian also served as deputy director of the National Economic Council and deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Most recently, he has been providing advice to institutions interested in sustainable investing strategies and lecturing at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Deese earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. from Middlebury College. He lives in Brookline Massachusetts.

Podcast Guest Appearances

REWIND: Reimagining Capitalism / Fossil Fuels in Your Portfolio

With inequality booming and climate change looming, is it time to rethink capitalism?

“We've come to the point where making more stuff in order to sell more stuff in order to make more money is breaking down,” says Hope Jahren, Professor of Geosciences at the University of Oslo. 

John Kerry, Gina McCarthy and Biden’s Climate Team

Joe Biden did not start out as the “climate candidate” – that was a title first claimed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, one of  more than two dozen Democratic candidates jockeying for position in the early days of the 2020 presidential campaign.  When Inslee spoke on the Climate One stage in May of 2020, climate was top of mind for him. 

“Everybody’s got a to do list right on your refrigerator,” Inslee said. “This cannot be just on the next president's to do list, because if it's not job one, it won't get done.”