Doug Rand’s story at the White House began in September 2010. Despite being very much a political neophyte, he found himself in the extraordinarily fortuitous circumstance of showing up for his first day of work at the President Barack Obama’s White House. For Doug, it was a dream come true. His path to getting there had been very serendipitous. He had never had a policy job before and had come to it as a public interest fellow newly graduated from law and business school. He had been a relatively older (30) law and business student, having spent most of his 20s building up a company in New York with his brother.