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Economic Development

The Biden Competition Agenda: One Year In

In July 2021, President Biden formed the White House Competition Council, establishing a body to combat domestic corporate consolidation and coordinate antitrust enforcement actions.  One year later, what progress has been made, and how will it move forward?

We were joined by Brian Deese, the Director of the White House’s National Economic Council, who will provide remarks and engage in conversation with Cecilia Kang of The New York Times.

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Brian Deese serves as the Director of the White House National Economic Council, advising President Biden on domestic and international economic policy and coordinating the economic agenda of the Biden‐Harris Administration. A former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama who was instrumental both in engineering the rescue of the U.S. auto industry and in negotiating the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, Deese is a crisis‐tested advisor with broad experience in accelerating economic prosperity, empowering working Americans, and harnessing the economic opportunities that come from building a clean energy economy and combating the climate crisis. Prior to his current role, Deese was Global Head of Sustainable Investing at BlackRock, where worked to drive greater focus on climate and sustainability risk in investment portfolios and create investment strategies to help accelerate the low‐carbon transition. During the Obama‐Biden Administration, Deese served as Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget and  Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. Deese received his bachelor of arts from Middlebury College, and his JD from Yale Law School.

Cecilia Kang covers technology and regulation and joined The New York Times in 2015. She is a co-author, along with Sheera Frenkel of The Times, of “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination.” Previously she was the senior technology correspondent for The Washington Post and was a staff writer at The San Jose Mercury News and Dow Jones. She is a 2018 recipient of the George Polk and Gerald Loeb Awards along with her Times colleagues for coverage of Facebook.


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Event information
Thu Jul 14, 2022
3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
The Aspen Institute
2300 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037