About Dr. Troy

Dr. Troy is the creator and founder of “1600 Lessons: Leadership Lessons from our Nation’s Chief Executives,” a high-level leadership training course. He is also a Senior Fellow and director of the Presidential Leadership Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, and a former senior White House aide.

In addition to his senior level government work and health care expertise, Dr. Troy is also a presidential historian, making him one of only a handful of historians who has both studied the White House as a historian and worked there at the highest levels. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump, named as one of 2020’s top political books by the Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of the best-selling book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House; Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians?; and Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management in the Oval Office, which warned in 2016 that we were unprepared for coronavirus.

He has written over 400 published articles, for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, and many other publications. He is a frequent television and radio analyst, and has appeared on CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and The NewsHour, among other outlets.

Dr. Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Troy lives in Maryland with his wife, Kami. They have four children.


Dr. Troy In the News

As a presidential historian and former White House official, Dr. Troy offers a truly unique perspective on executive leadership. Everyone, senior and aspiring business leaders alike, can learn a lot from his 1600 Lessons. His presentation earned rave reviews from our team.
Robert Varnell
Lockheed Martin
Dr. Troy gets along with and is respected by everybody, knows how the bureaucracy works, and is a dedicated conservative technocrat (in the best sense).
Jonah Goldberg
The Dispatch
Troy is a smart-as-a-whip straight-shooter with ramrod integrity, while also being an all-around nice guy. But it’s also that Troy’s books about the presidency are fair, and fascinating to readers of all stripes.
Stanley Kurtz
National Review Online
For the first time, we held our company’s annual leadership summit in Washington, D.C. Given the venue, we could not have asked for a more fitting speaker than Tevi. His knowledge of the inner workings of the White House and those who have inhabited it is unsurpassed. Whether you’re leading the Free World or a growing firm, Tevi’s lessons are worth your time.
David Alexander
CEO, Soliant Health
Tevi is a classically trained presidential historian, and despite his education, went to work as a senior official in the White House, bringing us both historical framework and practical experience. He is admired on both sides of the aisle and is also a creative and prolific writer. What is unique about Tevi and the kind of DC literary scene is he writes books that are actually not about himself, which add to the national understanding and appreciation of really the past, the present, and the future of our democracy.
Jason Grumet
CEO, American Clean Power Association; Former President, Bipartisan Policy Center

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