February 26th, 2013 | University

Yale alum appointed national security adviser

Jake Sullivan ’98 LAW ’03 will serve as Vice President Joe Biden’s new national security adviser starting this week, according to a Tuesday press release from the White House.

Sullivan will move to the vice president’s office from the State Department, where he was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s LAW ’73 director of policy planning and deputy chief of staff. He joined the State Department in 2009, after teaching at the University of St. Thomas Law School and clerking for Judge Guido Calabresi ’53 LAW ’58 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

“[Sullivan] is respected across the administration for his intellect, his dedication to our country and the perspective he brings to even the most complex issues,” Biden said in the press release. “He has been part of some of the biggest foreign policy challenges our nation has faced, and he’s always handled himself with incredible skill.”

Sullivan graduated from Yale College with degrees in political science and international studies in 1998. He has an M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.