David Gergen

Professor of Public Service and Founding Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

David Gergen has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years. He has has been a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards on two occassions, and contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams. Gergen is currently a professor of public service and founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for over a decade. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and works actively with a rising generation of new leaders. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best-seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 2001).

Gergen has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years, twice a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards, and he has contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams.

Over the years, Professor Gergen has been active on many non-profit boards, serving in the past on the boards of both Yale and Duke Universities. A native of North Carolina, Gergen is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission. He is an honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. He has been awarded 27 honorary degrees.

Podcast Guest Appearances

David Gergen on Climate Politics and Public Opinion

What does a former advisor to Richard Nixon think about the climate crisis?

“This is turning out exactly the way scientists predicted, with one exception: it’s happening faster than they thought,” says political analyst David Gergen, who served in four presidential administrations. “The question is what can we do rapidly that would alleviate this and be fair to all.”