Mona Sutphen is an American civil service worker and author who is of both African-American and Jewish descent. She serves as Deputy White House Chief of Staff, along with Jim Messina, to President Barack Obama and is responsible for policy development. Prior to holding this position, she was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition.
Before joining the Transition, Sutphen served as Managing Director of Stonebridge International, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., that advises Fortune 500 corporations on business opportunities and challenges worldwide.
From 1991 to 2000, Sutphen was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, serving in the White House at the National Security Council during the Clinton administration, at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, in the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia, in the State Department human rights bureau, and at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.
Sutphen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Rise While Others Thrive (Simon & Schuster 2008). She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and received her M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.