William Daley served as President Obama’s Chief of Staff from January 2011 until January 2012. He was involved in all aspects and issues faced by the president and the administration, both domestic and foreign.
Prior to his Chief of Staff role, he was Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Midwest for JPMorgan Chase, from 2004 until 2011. He became head of JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Corporate Responsibility in June 2007, overseeing and coordinating the firm’s global strategy and efforts in government affairs, public policy, charitable giving, and environmental and community affairs. He also represented the firm at the most senior level to clients and was the senior executive for the Midwest across businesses. He was on the firm’s Operating Committee and on its International Council.
He joined JPMorgan after serving as President of SBC Communications from 2001 until 2004. In 2000, he coordinated the effort for permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and chaired Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign.
From 1997 to 2000 Daley served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people. As Special Counsel to President Clinton in 1993, Daley coordinated the successful campaign to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Prior to his career in public service, he was a partner at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt; President and Chief Operating Officer of Amalgamated Bank of Chicago; and a lawyer at the firm of Daley and George.
Daley served on the corporate Boards of Directors of Abbott Laboratories, The Boeing Company, Boston Properties, Inc., EDS and Merck & Co and was also a member of many nonprofit and charitable boards in the Chicago area and nationally. He was co-chair of the US Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness. He earned an LL.B. from John Marshall Law School and a B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago.