Kenneth M. Duberstein is chairman and CEO of The Duberstein Group, an independent strategic planning and consulting company advising leading corporations and a select group of trade associations.
Duberstein served as a key member of the Reagan Administration during his various assignments as White House Chief of Staff (1988-89), Deputy Chief of Staff (1987) and Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs (during the first term).
Among the Board of Directors on which Duberstein serves are: The Boeing Company (lead director and chairman of the Governance, Organization and Nominating Committee), ConocoPhillips, Inc. (former presiding director/chair of Director Affairs Committee (governance) during the first 5 years of the merger, now serving on Public Policy Committee), Dell, Inc., (Governance and Nominating Committee), The Travelers Companies, Inc. (chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee) and Mack-Cali Realty Corp.
Duberstein serves, as well, on a wide range of commissions, task forces and cultural, educational and volunteer boards, including the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Brookings Institution, Harvard University/Kennedy School's Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee, the National Endowment for Democracy, the American Security Project, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and the newly-formed National Institute for Civil Discourse. He is also a lifetime trustee of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Prior to joining the Reagan Administration, he was vice president and director of Business-Government Relations of the Committee for Economic Development. He returned to the private sector between his various White House assignments as vice president of Timmons & Company Inc., a government relations firm. His earlier government service included Deputy Under Secretary of Labor during the Ford Administration and Director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. General Services Administration. He began his public service on Capitol Hill as an assistant to Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-NY).
From 2003 to 2006, Duberstein was a consultant for storyline and accuracy for the Emmy award winning TV series West Wing. He also regularly appears as a commentator on network and cable news programs including Meet the Press, Nightline, This Week, Inside Politics, The News Hour, Nightly News and Charlie Rose.
He was awarded the President's Citizens Medal by President Reagan in January 1989. Duberstein graduated from Franklin and Marshall College (A.B., 1965) and American University (M.A., 1966). He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Franklin and Marshall in 1989.
He is married to the former Jacquelyn Fain and he has four children: Jennifer, Jeff, Andy and Samantha.