Byron “Red” Cavaney
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Trustee

October 2004 through Present
Served as Foundation President 2010-2014; Foundation Chairman 2014-2018

Red Cavaney is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

Cavaney began his career by serving on The White House staffs of Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan.

He retired in 2013 from ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas producer, as Senior Vice President and Executive Leadership Team member. During the previous quarter-century, he served as President & CEO of three major U.S. trade associations: American Petroleum Institute (API), American Plastics Council (APC) and American Forest & Paper Association (AF &PA).

Red Cavaney received his Honorary Discharge from the U.S. Navy as a Naval Lieutenant, following three tours of combat duty in Vietnam. He is a 1964 NROTC graduate from the University of Southern California and is a recent inductee into the Trojan Half-Century Hall of Fame.

Red and his wife, Sheri split their time between their homes in Alexandria, Virginia and Laguna Beach, California. He is the father of two children and has two grandchildren.

Read Oral History Interview with Red Cavaney

Remarks at Al From “What’s Missing from Presidential Politics?”

President and Mrs. Ford present a birthday cake to Red Cavaney aboard Air Force One on February 25, 1975. (Photo Courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library)

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