Doug Wead - Biography
is a New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and adviser to two presidents, including being special assistant to President George H.W. Bush.
In 1979, Wead co-founded Mercy Corps with Dan O'Neill and entertainer Pat Boone, helping to raise much of the initial seed money and serving on its first board of directors. Mercy Corps has distributed more than $1.5 billion of food and medicine around the world.
Wead has served with Lady Bird Johnson, Gerald Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George and Barbara Bush, and Laura Bush as honorary chairs of the Charity Awards.
As a corporate-motivational speaker, he has addressed business audiences in coliseums and soccer stadiums in 40 countries.
Recent titles among his 27 books include "All the Presidents' Children" and "The Raising of a President."
Wead, who edits the popular history Web site upstairsatthewhitehouse.com, lives in Virginia with his wife, Myriam. They have five children.