Eugene B. Sperling is an economist. He is known for serving as Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Prior to joining the National Economic Council, Sperling was Deputy Director of Economic Policy for the Presidential Transition and Economic Policy Director of the Clinton-Gore Presidential campaign. Prior to that, he was an economic advisor to Governor Mario Cuomo of New York.
After leaving the National Economic Council, Sperling was Founder and Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution. He co-authored the book, "What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence and Policies from the Developing World" and wrote "The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress" and "Economic Dignity."
Sperling was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1985, where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He then attended business school at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Sperling is married to television writer Allison Abner, whom he met when he was a consultant on NBC’s The West Wing. They have a daughter, Nina and a son, Miles