Tom Donilon: Bio, Age, Net Worth

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Who is Tom Donilon? Thomas Edward Donilon, the US National Security Advisor during Barack Obama presidency, is a lawyer as well as business executive. He was the 23rd National Security Advisor who served from 2010 to 2013. He was also a government official During Carter and Clinton administrations, including serving as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of State. He is currently the president of the BlackRock Investment Institute, the company’s global think tank.

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Former National Security Advisor, Tom Donilon, named as candidate for Chief of CIA

Early life & educational background

Tom Donilon was born on May 14, 1955 (65-year-old as of 2020) in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. He is the son of Edward and Theresa Donilon. His mother, Theresa A. Donilon, worked two jobs, as a school secretary and as a message service operator while simultaneously leading a school secretary and janitors’ union. Meanwhile his father Edward T. Donilon, who was of Irish descent, was a product control manager and a local school board chairman.

Donilon has three siblings, Mike, Terrence, and Donna. Mike Donilon is now a lawyer and political consultant who served as the Counselor to former Vice-President Joe Biden. His other brother, Terrence, works as communications director for Roman Catholic Cardinal Sean O’Malley. While his sister, Donna, is a nurse.

He studied at La Salle Academy, a Catholic school in Providence. Then in 1977, he attended The Catholic University of America and earned a BA degree with summa cum laude. Moreover, he received the President’s Award, the highest honor. He obtained a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1985. He then worked on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.

Spouse & children

Catherine M. Russell, is Tom Donilon’s wife. She is formerly the Chief of Staff to Jill Biden. She was titled the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. State Department in March 2013.

Donilon and Catherine have two children.


1977Staffer,  Carter White House Congressional Relations 
1981Lecturer, Catholic University
1983National campaign coordinator & convention director, Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign
1993–1996Chief of staff & Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
2001Lawyer, O’Melveny & Myers
1999–2005Executive Vice President for Law and Policy, Fannie Mae
2010–2013National Security Advisor
2013Co-chair, Council on Foreign Relations
2014Vice Chair,  O’Melveny & Myers
2016Chair of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
2016Foreign-policy lead, Clinton-Kaine Transition Project
2017Chairman, BlackRock Investment Institute

Net Worth

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