THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Chief of Staff Leon E. Panetta announced today that the President has appointed Jeremy Ben-Ami as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.
Ben-Ami has been serving as Chief of Staff to the Domestic Policy Council, where he has focused on welfare reform, education, and programs for children and families. Previously, he was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services, helping to coordinate the Working Group on Welfare Reform.
Ben-Ami was Assistant Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration, responsible for planning and developing housing and services for the homeless, as well as Assistant Director of the City's Office of Operations.
He holds a law degree from New York University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
The Domestic Policy Council assists the President and White House senior staff in shaping and articulating the administration's domestic agenda. In addition, the DPC coordinates legislative initiatives, monitors implementation of initiatives already enacted, and coordinates across agencies on policy matters.