Bio

Honorable Henry F. De Sio, Jr. is an author, public speaker, campaign strategist, and organizational coach, with subject-matter expertise in new leadership for the changemaker era. His book is entitled, Campaign Inc.: How Leadership and Organization Propelled Barack Obama to the White House (University of Iowa Press). De Sio was appointed Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama in the incoming administration, and he was the 2008 Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the Obama for America presidential campaign. Henry currently promotes the principles of individual and organizational achievement through his writings and public speaking engagements.

Henry's perspectives on a range of societal issues are uniquely influenced by "The Changemaker Effect" — a term he coined to describe how rising citizen agency, coupled with dynamic technological advancements and the democratization of leadership, is driving explosive social change.

De Sio proudly serves as Global Chair for Framework Change at Ashoka, a role that allows him to pursue his passion for helping individuals and organizations navigate the new strategic landscape defined by disruptive change. He also promotes the new framework and outlook for preparing young people to step confidently into our fast-changing world as leaders and changemakers.

Henry has been a guest television and radio commentator, and he has been a keynote speaker presenting lessons on leadership from the campaign trail - including on C-SPAN's 2012 Road to the White House series. Henry has also offered his insights on "The Changemaker Effect" to esteemed audiences globally. He offered the opening keynote to the Education Transforms International Symposium (University of Tasmania, 2015) and he was a featured contributor at the 2014 Global Child Forum at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, by invitation of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden. In the summer of 2014, Henry presented the closing keynote address at the Cities Summit hosted by Mayor Johnson at London City Hall. Henry has also been a panelist at the 2013 Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, and he headlined a "lineup of national thought leaders" at Ben & Jerry's 2013 Social Entrepreneurship Summit. Most recently, he was featured at the 2016 Asian Leadership Conference, in Seoul.

De Sio is a 2017 Rockefeller Bellagio Center Resident on "Youth as Agents of Transformative Change", a 2016 Bankinter Foundation Future Trends Forum Fellow on technology and inequality, and he was the first Visiting Scholar at the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment - University of Tasmania, in 2016. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School, and he earned his B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Santa Barbara. Henry currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Sine, and two young sons.