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Ron Klain (C’83) and Monica D. Medina (C’83)

Ron Klain (C’83) – Former Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore and Presidential Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden

Monica D. Medina (C’83) – Former Director of Whale Conservation at the Pew Charitable Trusts Environment Group

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)Ron Klain and Monica D. Medina

The story of Ron Klain and Monica Medina is a bona fide Hoya romance. They met on the day they moved into their dorms at Georgetown and had their first date the very next night. Their friendship grew during their early political careers on campus, when they ran for student senate together under the slogan, “a team for you, GU.” Medina was the second woman in the university’s history to be elected student body president. Seven years after Klain and Medina met, they had their wedding rehearsal dinner in Old North and were married by two professors, Rev. Rakousek and Rabbi White. Here, the couple reflects on Georgetown’s impact on their lives.

After graduating from Georgetown, Medina earned a degree from Columbia Law School and fulfilled her ROTC obligation as a legal advisor to the secretary of the Army. During her career in environmental law and activism, she has argued and won several landmark environmental law cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Medina currently serves as the principal deputy undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Klain attended Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and won the 1984-85 Sears Prize for the highest grade point average. After his graduation, Klain became a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Byron White. In the HBO film “Recount,” a depiction of the 2000 presidential election, Kevin Spacey portrayed Klain in his role as general counsel of Vice President Al Gore’s recount committee. Klain has served as Gore’s chief of staff and is the current chief of staff to Vice President Joseph Biden.

Additional Resources

NOAA’s Leadership: Medina
http://www.noaa.gov/medina.html

CNN Politics
“Who might replace Rahm Emanuel?”
Sept. 8, 2010
http://articles.cnn.com/2010-09-08/politics/emanuel.future_1_staff-top-job-democratic-party?_s=PM:POLITICS

HBO
“Recount”
http://www.hbo.com/movies/recount/cast-and-crew/kevin-spacey/bio/ron-klain.html

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