As a former member of the Clinton Administration White House Staff, Mr. O’Keefe has applied that knowledge and experience to assist companies in developing strategies that either solve complex problems or increase public sector sales. His clients include publicly traded and privately held businesses in the financial services, infrastructure and technology sectors.
Mr. O’Keefe has worked on more than a dozen political campaigns, beginning his career as a political operative on the Clinton for President campaign in 1992. He currently serves as the National Treasurer for the Democratic Governors Association. In 2013, he played a leading role in the successful election of his longtime friend, Terry McAuliffe, as the 72nd Governor of Virginia.
Previously, Mr. O’Keefe served as the Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Mr. O’Keefe’s main focus was on developing and advising the national committee on strategic planning, while overseeing a $30 million dollar capital campaign that transformed the national party headquarters and operations. Prior to joining the staff of the DNC, Mr. O’Keefe served as the Director of Major Donor Development for the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. O’Keefe served on the White House staff and spearheaded the Administration’s efforts to coordinate with the business community to pass key sections of the Clinton Economic Program.
From April 1996 until July 2001, Mr. White served on the state, DC, and Judiciary Committee staffs of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), current Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and senior member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee. While with Chairman Hatch, Derrick covered issues in healthcare, defense and trade.
At the time of his departure from Senator Hatch’s staff, Derrick was serving as Deputy Communications Director.
From July 2001 to January 2009, Mr. White was a member of the Federal Government Relations team at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). In his capacity at PhRMA, Mr. White worked on a broad range of issues, including: Medicare, Medicaid, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) III, and IV (FDAAA), the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, 340B, Bioterrorism, patents, and vaccines.
Mr. White also played a crucial role in working with Congress to craft and pass the landmark Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 – which created the current prescription drug Part D benefit for seniors.
Upon leaving PhRMA, Derrick operated as an independent consultant and continued to advise and represent PhRMA on the legislative deliberations on both the Affordable Care Act of 2009 and the America Invents Act of 2011.
From 2012 until joining Forbes Tate Partners in 2015, Mr. White was a member of the Federal Government Relations team at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). At BIO, Mr. White led the organization’s engagement with Republican Senators and their staffs and Committee staffs.
Derrick also played a central role in BIO’s efforts on the Prescription Drug User Fee Act reauthorization (PDUFA V) via the Food and Drug Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), the Drug Quality and Security Act, patent reform, 340B, and vaccines.
At the time of his departure from BIO, Mr. White was engaged in BIO’s efforts on the Senate HELP Committee’s forthcoming 21st Century Cures legislation, negotiations with the Senate Judiciary Committee on pending patent reform legislation, and preparations for the upcoming activities associated with the reauthorization of PDUFA (PDUFA VI).
Mr. White, a lifelong Republican, has been active in the Party and campaigns since college. He worked on Senator Hatch’s past three campaigns (2000, 2006 and 2012) – and also participated in the NRSC Special Teams program for Senators Thune (2004), Burns (2006), and Toomey’s (2010) races.