Former Chief Economic Advisor, Office of Vice President Kamala Harris - Spring '24
Deanne Millison is a senior law and public policy professional with 13 years of experience in the private and public sector. Most recently, Deanne served as the Chief Economic Advisor for Vice President Kamala Harris, serving as a primary advisor on economic policy issues and liaison with the National Economic Council on a portfolio of issues that ranged from macroeconomic analysis, domestic manufacturing efforts, small business growth and development, international economic issues, and private sector engagement.
Among one of the Vice President’s longest serving staffers, prior to working in the Biden-Harris Administration, Deanne served as Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for then-Senator Kamala Harris, where she was one of a few black women to serve in the role throughout the Senate. In this position, she assisted in management of both the communications, legislative and state office staff. Her major projects included the impeachment proceedings of Pres. Donald Trump, introduction of the Justice in Policing Act, and the execution of a legislative and political strategy to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to returning to Capitol Hill, Deanne served as a Deputy Legislative Director for Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the City of Chicago. In this role, she provided direct counsel to Mayor Emanuel and negotiated directly with elected officials, heads of City Departments, and private sector executives to advance the Mayor Emanuel’s policy agenda.
Before transitioning her career to public service, Deanne started her career as an associate at the law firm, Jenner & Block. Deanne is a native of Chicago, IL and earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D from Harvard Law School.
Deanne's discussion group is titled "Corporations as Advocates: The Role Corporations Play in Advancing Social Issues."