Rhodes Scholar Nancy-Ann Min DeParle
UT’s fifth Rhodes Scholar and first female Rhodes Scholar Nancy-Ann Min DeParle went on to serve as assistant to President Barack Obama and deputy chief of staff for policy from 2011 to 2013. The second of our Rhodes Scholars to graduate with a perfect academic record, DeParle, who was also UT’s first female student body president, was selected in 1979 while attending Harvard law school. During the 1980s, DeParle earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Oxford, as well as finishing a JD at Harvard. As part of the Obama administration, she served as counselor to the president and director of the White House Office of Health Reform, where she spearheaded the successful effort to enact the Affordable Care Act. DeParle is now a partner and cofounder of Consonance Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in innovative health care companies.