Robert M. "Mike" Duncan
Mike Duncan is the 17th chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Appointed by President Donald J. Trump in 2017, Mr. Duncan leads one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.
In addition, Mr. Duncan, a 40-year political strategist and veteran of Republican politics, served as the 60th chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2007-2009. As RNC Chairman, he raised an unprecedented $428 million dollars and grew the donor base to 1.8 million – more donors than at any time in RNC history.
Mr. Duncan’s service in the federal government includes working in the President George H.W. Bush White House as assistant director in the Office of Public Liaison and being nominated by President George W. Bush to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board, a position to which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in March 2006. Mr. Duncan served as TVA board chairman from 2009-2010.
Mr. Duncan’s professional journeys have also taken him abroad. Mr. Duncan met with foreign leaders to study the effects of formation of the European Union as a representative on the President’s Commission on Executive Exchange and taught democracy to former communist leaders through the International Republican Institute. Today, Mr. Duncan is an active participant in the U.S. China High Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue, which is sponsored by the EastWest Institute.
Mr. Duncan was President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), based in Washington, D.C. The diverse 501 (c) (6) coalition consists of coal companies, railroads, and electric utilities. Duncan successfully transformed the group into a member-driven organization focused on promoting the American dream through affordable, reliable, and increasingly clean coal-based electricity. He has focused on member satisfaction and value, while reducing the budget and creating strategic alliances with other organizations. He also serves as the chief spokesperson for the organization to the public as well as a wide body of bipartisan, key constituents.
Mr. Duncan and his wife Joanne reside in Inez, KY where he serves as Chairman and CEO of the Inez Deposit Bank. Mr. Duncan holds degrees from Cumberland College and the University of Kentucky College of Law.