Stephen Friedman

American businessman

Stephen "Steve" Friedman (born December 21, 1937[1]) is an American intelligence officer and businessman. He was the former chairman of the United States President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He was nominated on October 27, 2005, to replace Brent Scowcroft in the position. He served as the 5th Director of the National Economic Council from 2002 to 2005.

Stephen Friedman
Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board
In office
December 20, 2005 – October 28, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byJim Langdon
Succeeded byChuck Hagel
David Boren
5th Director of the National Economic Council
In office
December 12, 2002 – January 10, 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byLarry Lindsey
Succeeded byAl Hubbard
Personal details
Born (1937-12-21) December 21, 1937 (age 84)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Barbara Benioff
ChildrenDavid Benioff (born David Friedman)
2 daughters
EducationCornell University (AB)
Columbia Law School (J.D.)


  1. McGeehan, Patrick (December 13, 2002). "Man in the News; Economic Adviser From Other Side of the Deficit -- Stephen Friedman". New York Times.