Stephen Studdert is an executive advisor for corporations, industries, and government officials, and has served on the White House staff as advisor to United States presidents George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford. In February 2016, he was appointed as chief counselor to the chairman of the World Energy Forum to be held in October.
Studdert directed the 1989 presidential inauguration of Bush and acted as advisor for the 1981 and 1985 presidential inaugurations for Reagan. He was the United States delegate to the United Nations Energy Conference held in Africa and to the 40th anniversary NATO summit. He has filled diplomatic assignments to more than one hundred nations. In 2007, he published America in Danger, a book that outlines ten national and international situations with the potential to cause serious social, emotional, financial, and physical damage to the American people.
Studdert headed the national Native American Housing Initiative from 1985 to 1995. He chaired the board of directors of Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, a $44 billion federally-chartered institution providing liquidity, funding, and services to financial institutions and supporting housing finance and economic development in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
He served as Chairman of the George Washington Center for Freedom and Understanding from 2005 till 2008. From 2004 until 2010, Studdert served on the executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Parks Council. In 2000, he served on the board of trustees of Southern Virginia University. He has been honored for his service by the National Guard, the Boy Scouts of America, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, Farm Bureau, and Prevent Blindness Utah.
Studdert is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served as a mission president in Carlsbad, California. He served on the Preach My Gospel writing committee and the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple committee. He advised the Church Sesquicentennial committee, and has served as a stake president.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He received an honorary doctorate from Southern Virginia University. He and his wife, Bonnie, are the parents of six children.