Lawrence Di Rita works for Bank of America. He is responsible for External Affairs, overseeing external communications issued by the company. Mr. Di Rita joined Bank of America after more than 25 years of public service.
From 2001-2006, he was Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. While at the Pentagon, he also served as head of the Office of Public Affairs and as Defense Department spokesman. From 1996-2001, Mr. Di Rita was Legislative Director, then Chief of Staff for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. In 1995-1996, he was Policy Director of the Phil Gramm for President campaign.
Between 1980 and 1993, Mr. Di Rita was a U.S. naval officer, with various seagoing and shore-based assignments in the United States and Japan, where he and his family lived from 1981-1985. His last active duty assignment from 1991-1993 was as a politico-military planner on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
After his military service, Mr. Di Rita spent two years as Deputy Director of Foreign Policy and Defense Studies at The Heritage Foundation, a think-tank in Washington, D.C. Mr. Di Rita has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University.