February 17, 2011
David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents. He is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2000, he published the best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. Gergen got his start in public life as a speech writer in the Nixon White House. He went on to serve in the communications department for Gerald Ford and Director of Communications for Ronald Reagan, and as an adviser to Bill Clinton and to the 1980 George H.W. Bush presidential campaign. In 1985, Gergen began a career in journalism. Today, he contributes to the U.S. News & World Report as editor-at-large and to CNN as a political analyst. He holds 19 honorary degrees and sits on many boards, including Teach for America, the Aspen Institute, and Duke University. Gergen graduated with honors from both Yale (BA, 1963) and Harvard Law School (LLB, 1967). He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1967-1971.