Bruce Reed will leave his job as chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden to become president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a philanthropic group with a wide range of interests including the arts and public school reform. Reed has been Biden’s chief of staff since 2011 and will leave the post in December.
In a statement issued by the foundation, Reed said, “I have long been impressed by the visionary philanthropy of Eli and Edye Broad, and it is an honor to work with them to continue their legacy. No one is more committed to improving our public schools, and their generosity is matched by their focus on making the world a better place.”
Reed’s mother, Mary Lou, is a former Democratic leader of the Idaho Senate, representing Kootenai County from 1985-1996. She helped build Democratic numbers in the Legislature, focusing on education, the economy and environment.
Bruce Reed is among three former Idahoans who’ve left big footprints in Democratic politics, along with President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina and John Stocks, executive director of the National Education Association. Stocks, also a former state senator, is a protege of Mary Lou Reed.
Bruce Reed also worked in the Clinton Administration and was president of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. More recently, he worked with Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo on President Obama’s deficit commission. Reed was executive director of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, better known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. Crapo was a member of the commission.