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Joe Onek

Board Member


Joe Onek is a Principal at The Raben Group, which he joined after serving as Senior Counsel to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. He first entered government service as a law clerk to Chief Judge David Bazelon of the District of Columbia Circuit and Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, and as a staffer for Senator Ted Kennedy. In the Carter Administration, he served as a member of the White House Domestic Policy Staff and as Deputy Counsel to the President. In the Clinton Administration, he served as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General and as Senior Coordinator for Rule of Law in the State Department. In the public interest world, Joe served as an attorney and then Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), as Senior Counsel and Director of the Liberty and Security Initiative at the Constitution Project and as Senior Policy Analyst and Special Counsel at the Open Society Institute. Joe was also a partner in two Washington, DC, law firms, specializing in health care and constitutional law. Joe is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is Chairman of the Board of CLASP. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar, and an LLB from Yale Law School.