Richard Samans is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and managing director of the World Economic Forum, responsible for the Forum’s public-private partnership initiatives and its relations with governments, international organizations, NGOs, unions and other non-business constituencies. A member of the Forum’s managing board, Richard has developed the organization’s portfolio of multistakeholder projects, which currently engage over 250 Forum member companies in action-or policy-oriented work in collaboration with experts from official, civil society, academic and other institutions, while helping to structure the global issues program content of the Forum’s meetings.
Before joining the Forum in 2001, Rick served as special assistant to the president for international economic policy in the White House. As senior director of the National Security Council’s International Economic Affairs directorate and a senior staff member of the National Economic Council, he assisted President Clinton on a broad range of international trade and financial policy matters. From 1996 – 1998, Richard served as Economic Policy Advisor to U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). He assisted Senator Daschle and the Senate Democratic Caucus on international trade and monetary, tax, and broad economic policy issues. He served previously in a variety of roles in government, the private sector, and research institutions.