Steve Ricchetti

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Managing Director

Steve Ricchetti is a Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. He joined Vice President Biden’s staff in 2011 as a senior counselor and served as Chief of Staff to the Vice President and Assistant to the President from December 2013 thru the end of the Obama-Biden Administration.

Before joining the Office of the Vice President, Ricchetti founded and led for more than a decade a successful independent government relations and political consulting firm serving dozens of corporate and trade association clients, including AT&T, the American Hospital Association, and General Motors.  During this time, he was a frequent contributor to media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, and the Washington Post. 

During the 1990s, Ricchetti served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for President Clinton. His portfolios included legislative affairs, political affairs, national security, and economic policy. While in this position, Ricchetti led with the Secretary of Commerce the successful effort to secure congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China. He also led negotiations to pass legislation addressing arrears to the United Nations and increasing congressional funding for embassy security.   

Earlier in the administration, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, where he was President Clinton’s chief liaison to the Senate and oversaw the Administration’s efforts to pass major pieces of legislation in the Senate, including the 1993 Economic Recovery Act, the 1996 Telecommunications Act, and many other initiatives. 

From 1990-1992, Ricchetti was the Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Prior to that, he was an executive at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Ricchetti attended Miami University in Ohio and the George Mason University School of Law.

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