Idahoan Bruce Reed leaving top White House post for big LA-based philanthropic group

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.

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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