Advisor to Obama, he has led high-performing teams for the White House, Department of Defense, & U.S. Navy

Jeff Eggers

Former-Principal Advisor of President Barack Obama, Federal Government of the USA, Ex-Member, Navy Seals Team, Washington, D.C., USA

Why you should listen

Jeff Eggers leads a team of consultants and researchers on leadership and organizational performance as Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute. He is the co-author of national best-selling book Leaders: Myth and Reality.

A senior policy advisor and former security professional with more than 20 years of experience, he is well-versed in managing strategic efforts and leading high-stakes, high-performing teams for the White House, Department of Defense, and U.S. Navy.

Jeff spent six years at the White House as trusted advisor to senior U.S. government officials, most recently as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and most notably, to former-President Barack Obama.

A retired Navy SEAL, Jeff had extensive operational and combat leadership experience. He is a passionate advocate for new models of leadership and policy performance toward the renewal of American prosperity.

Hear Jeff Eggers speak at Worldwebforum On Tour San Francisco.

About McChrystal Group

McChrystal Group is a global advisory services firm composed of a diverse mix of professionals from the military, academic, business, and intelligence sectors who specialize in transforming stagnant and siloed organizations into cohesive, adaptable “teams of teams.”

By partnering with leaders who are driven to make change a reality, we enable our clients to create meaningful and sustainable business performance improvements. However, we are distinctively focused on improving our client’s ability to perform their mission – not on doing it for them. To that end, we help shape organizational functionality and culture through a set of principles, proven processes, and leadership behaviors that are sustainable long after we leave. Ultimately, we aim to improve the performance of organizations and develop the men and women who lead them. We act as trusted advisors, partnering with our clients to solve their greatest business challenges.

Our proven track record in execution allows us to accelerate value creation for any type of organization; at McChrystal Group, we place clients at the center of all we do.


Jeff Eggers is the Executive Director of McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, where he leads research on organizational performance and leadership. He is co-author of Leaders: Myth and Reality, a 2018 Wall Street Journal best seller.

Jeff was formerly a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, with six years of White House experience, principally in foreign policy, counterterrorism, South Asia, and the war in Afghanistan.

He retired from the US Navy in 2013, after serving over 20 years as a combat veteran Navy SEAL. Jeff’s operational tours included several SEAL Teams, commander of the Special Operations Task Unit in western Iraq, and Operations Officer and Mission Commander for the U.S. Navy’s undersea special operations command.

Jeff is a senior fellow at New America, where he explores the behavioral science of policy decision-making. He is also a member of the NationSwell Council, a forum for advancing innovative solutions to America’s most pressing challenges, and he serves on the board of a non-profit that cares for and assists the families of veterans killed in action.

Jeff received a Master of Arts from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.