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Andrew Card

Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy | Former White House Chief of Staff


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Andrew Card is the director for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a nonprofit whose mission is to promote democratic institutions worldwide.



He is perhaps best known for his role in the administrations of three presidents. From his perch in the West Wing, Andrew Card experienced the trials and triumphs of leadership during some of the country’s most challenging times. He served as White House chief of staff to George W. Bush, and deputy White House chief of staff to George H.W. Bush, as well as his secretary of transportation. He was the deputy assistant to the president and special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs under Ronald Reagan.



The second-longest tenured chief of staff in U.S. history, Mr. Card is the one who, on 9/11, whispered to the president that America was under attack from terrorists and then spearheaded a government-wide reorganization to respond. When Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992, he coordinated the administration’s disaster relief efforts. His political life also includes running the 2000 Republican National Convention and serving as a Massachusetts state representative.



After leaving the White House, Mr. Card served in education leadership roles, most recently as president of Franklin Pierce University. Earlier, he was executive director of the Office of the Provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University. He was also acting dean of A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.



In private industry, Mr. Card was the vice president of governmental relations for General Motors, and acted as president and chief executive of an automotive industry trade association.



He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of South Carolina, attended the United State Merchant Marine Academy, and graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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