The Honorable Benjamin Rhodes is deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications and speechwriting, overseeing President Barack Obama"s national security communications, speechwriting and global engagement. Previously, he served as deputy director of White House speechwriting and as a senior speechwriter for the Obama campaign. Prior to joining Obama for America, Rhodes worked for several years as special assistant to former congressman Lee Hamilton at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he helped draft the Iraq Study Group Report and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. He is the co-author, with Hamilton and Tom Kean, former chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, of "Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission." A native of New York City, Rhodes has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A. from New York University.