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Karl Zinsmeister
Director, Domestic Policy Council

Karl ZinsmeisterKarl Zinsmeister is the President's Domestic Policy Adviser, and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House

For more than a dozen years he was editor in chief of The American Enterprise, a national magazine of politics, business, and culture based in Washington, D.C. He was also J. B. Fuqua Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a major research institute located in our nation's capital. His studies and writing have covered a wide range of topics, extending from social welfare and demographics to economics and cultural trends.

Zinsmeister has published several books, including two Iraq War journals written during lengthy stints with U.S. troops in combat zones: BOOTS ON THE GROUND and DAWN OVER BAGHDAD. Prior to commencing work in the White House he created a PBS film entitled "WARRIORS," profiling the men and women in America's fighting forces using footage he and a crew shot in Iraq.

Zinsmeister is a graduate of Yale University and did further studies at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. During college he won rowing championships in both the U.S. and Ireland. He was an assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been an advisor to many research and policy groups, and has testified before Congressional committees and Presidential commissions numerous times.

An upstate New Yorker, he is married and has three children.