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Rudy Mehrbani

Senior Advisor, Governance

Rudy Mehrbani is a Senior Advisor at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Rudy is a member of the Governance Program, where he helps lead a special project that is focused on government accountability, protecting our system of checks and balances, and preserving the rule of law.

Rudy is also a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy center, and a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, where he has served as the Board’s vice chair since 2019. The Board was established by Congress to supervise the global Fulbright Program and select students, scholars, teachers and others from the U.S. and abroad to participate in Fulbright exchanges.

Rudy has had a distinguished career in law and public service. He served as assistant to President Barack Obama and director of the Presidential Personnel Office in the White House. In that role, he advised the president, cabinet members, and other senior government officials on human capital issues arising across the executive branch and, in 2016, served as a member of the White House Transition Coordinating Council. He was the general counsel of the Peace Corps from 2014 to 2016, serving as the principal legal officer and a senior advisor to the Director of the Peace Corps. Before that, he served as an associate counsel and special assistant to the president in the White House Counsel’s Office, where he led the team responsible for vetting President Obama’s executive nominees and appointees. He worked in a variety of other roles in the executive branch, including as a special policy advisor to the secretary of housing and urban development. Earlier in his career, Rudy litigated a broad range of cases at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.

He received a B.A .from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed an international comparative business law program at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, German.