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CHRIS PAPAGIANIS

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CHRIS PAPAGIANIS

TITLE 

President

ORGANIZATION

Paulson Family Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

Chris Papagianis is president of the Paulson Family Foundation, where he oversees all aspects of John Paulson’s philanthropic initiatives. Previously, Chris was deputy to the president and chief operating officer of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, where he was also director of private equity and asset management for the Peterson family office.

Earlier in his career, Chris was the founder and managing director of the think tank e21: Economic Policies for the 21st Century, which is now led by the Manhattan Institute. Chris has also been a columnist for Reuters, and published many op-eds and research papers on the intersection of markets and policy.

Chris last served in government as special assistant for domestic and economic policy to President George W. Bush. In this role, he guided the collaborative process within the White House to develop and implement policies, legislation, and regulations across numerous agencies. Among other issues, Chris was responsible for briefing the President directly on housing policy and crisis-related financial stability plans.

He has also testified several times before Senate and House committees on topics such as credit markets and the future of housing finance. Chris was a Peabody fellow at Harvard University, where he received his BA.