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Douglas "Doug" Band (born October 1972) is an aide and counselor to former President Bill Clinton.

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Early life

A native of Sarasota, Florida, Band is an alumnus of Pine View School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida with a major in English and a minor in Ethics. He later attended Georgetown University's graduate school at night to earn a master's degree in liberal arts and then he earned a law degree at night from Georgetown University Law Center.[1]

Career during presidency

Douglas J. Band serves as counselor to President Clinton. He began working in the White House in 1995 working with Cheryl Mills as an unpaid intern in the White House Counsel's office. Band has been with President Clinton since then. Prior to his role as Counselor to President Clinton, Doug served in the White House Counsel's office for 4 years, becoming a Special Assistant to the President before he was made one of the youngest Deputy Assistants ever to serve a President. Band concluded his final year in the White House in the Oval Office as the President's Aide.[1][2]

Post-presidential activities

Band has served as counselor and chief advisor to President Clinton since 2002, becoming the key architect of Clinton's model post-presidency, and overseeing the 1,200 employees of both the William J. Clinton Foundation and the President's personal office.[3] In his current role, Band has traveled to nearly 100 countries, over 2,000 cities, and has helped and advised several heads of state transition out of public office into private life. He created and built the Clinton Global Initiative that has raised $46 billion dollars for 1,200 philanthropic projects around the world. To date, CGI has impacted 200 million people in over 150 countries. President Clinton has credited Band with being the originator of CGI and has noted that "I couldn't have done half of what I have done in my post-presidency without him" [4]

Band was responsible for negotiating with the Obama administration for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to become Secretary of State.[5] He also played a key role in negotiations leading to the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee on August 4, 2009, accompanying Bill Clinton to Pyongyang along with his brother Roger.[6]. He currently serves as Clinton's representative to the White House and other governments, organizations and businesses around the world.

Personal

Doug serves on the Coca-Cola Company International Advisory Board, as an advisor to Avenue Capital Group, a trustee on the Oklahoma National Memorial Museum, and Vote Vets. He and his wife Lily live in New York City.[1][7] He once dated model Naomi Campbell.[1] Clinton gave a toast at Band's wedding.[8]

Band's physician brother Roger Band serves as Clinton's personal physician on overseas trips.[1]

Band is the youngest of four children of David and Myrna Band.[8]

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