Keith Hennessey is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford university. He teaches at Stanford Business School and will also teach at Stanford Law School in the fall of 2010. He serves as a member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a bipartisan commission created by congress to examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current economic and financial crisis in the United States. He writes about American economic policy on his blog, KeithHennessey.com, named one of the 25 best economic blogs by The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Hennessey served as the senior White House economic advisor to President George W. Bush. He coordinated economic policy for the president, including financial market issues, tax policy, energy and climate change, health care, Social Security and Medicare reform, housing, technology and telecommunications, and agriculture. From August 2002 through the end of 2007, Mr. Hennessey served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. During the financial crisis of 2008 he was Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council.
Before working in the White House Mr. Hennessey spent eight years on Capitol Hill, most of it working as Economic Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). He also worked for Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) on the staff of the Senate Budget Committee, and on the staff of the 1994 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform.
Before coming to Washington in 1994, he spent two years developing software at Symantec Corporation and two years at Harvard where he earned a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He earned a BAS degree in math and political science from Stanford in 1990. Mr. Hennessey lives in Palo Alto, California and wishes he had a dog.