A Notre Dame professor has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Denis McDonough, a professor of public policy in the Keough School of Global Affairs, was nominated for the position Friday. McDonough graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University in Minnesota with bachelor’s degrees in history and Spanish. He also has a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.
From 2010 to 2013, McDonough served as assistant to the president and principal deputy national security adviser. During this time, he chaired the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee, leading a team that addressed complex national security challenges.
McDonough then served as chief of staff to President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. As Obama’s chief of staff, McDonough managed the 4,000-member White House staff. He provided strategic advice to the president on the most significant domestic policy, national security and management issues facing the federal government.
In August 2017, McDonough joined the Notre Dame faculty, where he teaches courses on public policy analysis, writing for government and more. He also currently serves as senior principal at the Markle Foundation, which works to address the labor market skills gap.
The Cabinet appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.