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Gene Sperling
Director of the National Economic Council
In office
January 20, 2011 â€“ March 5, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Larry Summers
Succeeded by Jeff Zients
In office
December 12, 1996 â€“ January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Laura Tyson
Succeeded by Larry Lindsey
Personal details
Born (1958-12-24) December 24, 1958 (age 58)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Allison Abner
Children 1 daughter
1 son
Alma mater University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Yale University
University of Pennsylvania

There is no question in the world that educating a girl is good for her country and good for her. The challenge is, is it good for her parents who are living in extreme poverty, who need the girl's help to take care of getting firewood, water, taking care of young children?
Gene Sperling
You never see a child die from education on TV. But make no mistake about it: children die from lack of education all the time. Children without an education are more likely to grow up to have HIV/AIDS. They're more likely to die in infancy or before the age of five.
Gene Sperling
I think Americans have big hearts.
One of the things we have to remember about the poorest countries in the world is that parents, extremely poor parents, are making the choice of whether to send their girls to school. And they are struggling with lack of water, lack of firewood, and lack of care for their youngest children. And those burdens fall on the girls.
Gene Sperling