Ellen O’Kane Tauscher

Ellen O’Kane Tauscher is a former Democratic Member of the United States House of Representatives, representing California’s 10th Congressional district.

Using her unique set of skills and experience, Ms. Tauscher provides clients with the strategic advice needed for effective policy-driven decision-making of federal policy and programs in the defense, transportation, energy and health care fields.

Ms. Tauscher was elected on her first run for any elected office in 1996 and served until her resignation to join the Obama Administration in her seventh term on June, 26, 2009. Nominated by President Barack Obama in March 2009 and confirmed by the United State Senate as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs on June 25, 2009, she served in this role until February 6, 2012. Tauscher served as special envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense at the State Department from February 7, 2012 until her resignation from government service on August 31, 2012.

Returning to the private sector in February 2012, Tauscher is the vice chair of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and also serves on the Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Invacare Corporation (IVC, NYSE), of Elyria, Ohio; a member of the Board of Directors of Ehealth, Inc.(EHTH) of Mountain View, CA; a member of the Board of Directors of Edison International and Southern California Edison; an independent member of the Board of Governors of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Security LLC; a member of the Board of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and is chairman of the Board of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation. In August 2013, she became independent board chairman of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a 501 (C) 6 coalition of the 26 largest North American retailers and clothing brands Led by Wal-Mart, The Gap, Target and VF Brands, that are working with NGOs, the ILO industry and the government in Bangladesh, the world’s second largest garment manufacturing country, to provide sustainable and enforceable garment factory workplace safety.

As under secretary of state, Tauscher was responsible for successfully closing negotiations of the New Start Treaty with the Russian Federation in March 2010 in Geneva, after months of stalemate. The New Start Treaty was signed by President Obama and President Medvedev on April 4, 2010 in Prague and ratified by the United States Senate in December 2010. The New Start Treaty entered into force in February, 2011. Secretary Tauscher also represented the United States at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in May 2010, which produced the first consensus agreement in 10 years. Following her strong support and leadership on missile defense development and deployment while in Congress, Tauscher lead the State Department effort to secure and negotiate the sites and bilateral agreements for the European Phased Adaptive Approach missile defense system to be deployed with NATO allies in Poland, Romania and Turkey well within President Obama’s deployment deadline.

While in the Congress, Tauscher was a leading centrist Democrat, and the chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, a caucus of 65 moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives. She also served as vice-chairwoman of the Democratic Leadership Council from 2001 to 2005.

Representing the only Congressional District to be the home of two national nuclear labs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory, Tauscher served on the House Armed Services Committee for over 12 years and became the chairman of the Strategic Forces subcommittee when the Democrats achieved the majority in 2006. She also served concurrently on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and was the senior Californian on the Highway and Transit and Aviation subcommittees.

Ellen Tauscher was born in Newark, New Jersey on November 15, 1951. The eldest of four children and the first member of her family to attend college, she graduated in 1974 from Seton Hall University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education.

She began her 14-year Wall Street career with Bache & Co. and at age 25, became one of the first women to become a member of the New York Stock Exchange. She also served as an officer of the American Stock Exchange from 1980 to 1983, after which she worked as an investment banker for Bear Stearns and a subsidiary of Drexel Burnham Lambert.

In 1989, Tauscher moved to California and later founded the first national research service to help parents verify the background of childcare workers. She also published The ChildCare Sourcebook and headed the Tauscher Foundation, which provided funds for elementary schools to buy computers and Internet access.
Tauscher’s most proud life work and accomplishment is her daughter, Katherine, a senior at Bucknell University, where she is an English major and the Captain of the Bison’s Division 1 Women’s Volleyball team.

Boards & Memberships

  • Board of Directors – BAE Systems, Inc. (2015 – 2018)
  • Board of Directors – Invacare Corporation. Elyria, Ohio (February 9, 2012 to present)
    • Member – Audit, Management and Compensation Committees
  • Board of Directors – eHealth, Inc., Mountain View, California (August 2013 to present)
    • Member – Audit Committee
  • Board of Directors – The Atlantic Council of the United States (March 1, 2013 to present)
    • Member – Executive Committee
  • Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (September 1, 2013 to present)
    • Board of Governors
  • Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    • Board of Governors
    • Member – Joint Board Mission Committee
  • Board of Directors – The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation (March 30, 2012 to present)
    • Chairman of the Board (March 17, 2013 to present)
  • United States Military Academy Board of Overseers (1999 – 2003)
  • Life Member – Council on Foreign Relations


  • Seton Hall University, B.S. in Early Childhood Education, 1974