At a Glance
- Career History: Citigroup executive (1999 to 2009); Treasury Department Chief of Staff (1997 to 1999); Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Eurasia and the Middle East (1995 to 1997)
- Birthday: Aug. 20, 1962
- Hometown: California
- Alma Mater: Princeton University (international affairs); Oxford University, Ph.D. (international relations); Harvard Law School, J.D.
- Spouse: Nancy Goodman
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Path to Power
Froman chose not to follow in his father's footsteps managing a local furniture store in California, and instead attended Princeton University for his undergraduate studies. After focusing on international affairs, he received a Fulbright scholarship to study at Oxford, where he obtained a doctorate in international relations.
While in law school at Harvard, Froman worked at the Harvard Law Review, as did Obama, Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski and former deputy White House Counsel Cassandra Butts. Froman and Obama were both editors.
In 2004, Froman heard his long-lost buddy was planning to run for the Illinois Senate. Froman called up Obama and offered his help, which Obama accepted.
The offer of assistance would continue throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, as the Citigroup manager had a long list of New York finance friends who would be willing to part with some cash for the right cause. Froman helped to get Obama in the door, and even persuaded certain financiers, who had strong ties in the community, to support Obama.
Froman joins a long list of Harvard friends that Obama has tapped for jobs in his administration. Federal Communications Commission head Julius Genachowski, former deputy White House counsel Cassandra Butts and White House Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu were all fellow Harvard classmates.
Froman has worked closely with Rubin, who Froman worked under at the Clinton Treasury Department and then followed to Citigroup.
Froman has donated over $35,000 since 2000. All of his money went to Democratic campaigns, except for $500 he gave to Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) in 2006. Froman also was a bundler in Obama's campaign, raising at least $200,000 for the Illinois Democrat.
(photo courtesy White House photostream / Pete Souza)