Dennis Cheng is an American development executive. He served as the chief development officer of the Clinton Foundation from 2011 to 2015. He serves as the national finance director of the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Cheng graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and economics from Swarthmore College in 2001. He received an MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Cheng served as the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States from July 20, 2009 to July 2011.
Cheng has since 2008 acted in important roles for Hillary Clinton. He served as New York state finance director for the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. During the Clinton-led State Department he was deputy chief of protocol. He joined the Clinton Foundation in 2011 as chief development officer in 2011 and is credited with raising $248 million until 2015.
In 2015, Cheng became the national finance director of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. His role in the campaign is to direct fundraising activity and serve as a close aide to Hillary Clinton with major donors describing Cheng's presence as "often as close as you get to talking to Hillary Clinton". Cheng spent the summer of 2016 taking Clinton from fundraiser to fundraiser in the richest zipcodes across the United States, including Beverly Hills, California, the Silicon Valley, Cape Cod and The Hamptons.