WASHINGTON – Michael Kratsios, former chief of staff at investment firm Thiel Capital, has been named as the White House’s deputy chief technology officer, TechCrunch reported Friday.
“I have a passion for technology, politics, Greece, and travel,” he says on his personal website.
Mr. Kratsios, who was awarded the Carolyn M. Picard Prize in Politics and the Hellenic Studies Senior Thesis Prize for Economics and Voting in the Third Hellenic Republic, succeeded former deputy CTO Alexander Macgillivray.
Kratsios previously worked as chief financial officer of investment management company Clarium Capital Management and as an analyst at Lyford Group International and Barclays Capital.
Michael has previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Clarium Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund, and began his career at Barclays Capital in the Investment Banking Division, as he describes himeself.
Michael graduated with high honors from Princeton University in 2008 with an AB in Politics and a concentration in American Politics. He also received certificates in Political Economy and Hellenic Studies. His research focused primarily on economic voting.
Before moving to California, Michael spent a semester in China as a Visiting Scholar at the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Michael is extensively involved with the Foundation for Student Communication (Business Today), a nonprofit founded by Steve Forbes in 1968 and managed by Princeton undergraduates. Michael served as Editor-in-Chief of Business Today Magazine and later as President of the Foundation. He has served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2008 and currently chairs the board’s Program Committee.
Michael previously served on the Board of Directors of the International Model United Nations Association, a UN-affiliated global education non-profit. At Princeton he was a Butler College Undergraduate Fellow, volunteered as a Tiger Sports youth soccer coach, and was a member of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad as an EMT. Michael is also a distance runner, completing his first marathon in Philadelphia in 2005 and recently participating in the 199 mile Calistoga to Santa Cruz Golden Gate Relay. Michael qualified for the Boston Marathon in Sacramento in 2013.