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Alice M. Rivlin

Senior Fellow - Economic Studies, Center for Health Policy

Alice M. Rivlin is an expert in monetary, fiscal and health policy. She was Director of the Office Management and Budget (OMB) in the first Clinton Administration (1993-96) and served as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996-1999). She was the Founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-83) and served as chair of the District of Columbia Financial Management and Assistance Authority (1998-2001). She was director of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings (1983-87). She also served at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (1968-69). She is currently a visiting professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown.

In 2010, Ms. Rivlin was named by President Obama to the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and also co-chaired, with former Senator Pete Domenici, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Debt Reduction.

Ms. Rivlin received the Paul A. Volcker Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic Policyfrom the National Association of Business Economics (2015) and the President’s Medal from Indiana University). In 2015 she also received the Leadership Award from the Economic Club of New York.  She has received a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in 1983 and the Moynihan Prize in 2008. She was named one of the greatest public servants of the last 25 years by the Council for Excellence in Government in 2008. In 2013 she is received Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance. She has taught at Harvard, George Mason, and The New School Universities. She has served on the boards of directors of several corporations, and as president of the American Economic Association.

Ms. Rivlin is a frequent contributor to newspapers, television, and radio. Her books include Systematic Thinking for Social Action (l971), Reviving the American Dream (1992), and Beyond the Dot.coms (with Robert Litan, 2001). She is co-editor (with Isabel Sawhill) of Restoring Fiscal Sanity: How to Balance the Budget (2004), Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2005: Meeting the Long-Run Challenges, (with Joseph Antos) of Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge, and (with Litan) of The Economic Payoff from the Internet Revolution (2001).

Ms. Rivlin served on DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s transition committee and is vice chair of the Board of the DC Association of Public Chartered Schools. She serves on the Board of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Ms. Rivlin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She received a B.A. in economics from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in economics 1958. She is married to economist Sidney G. Winter, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. She has three children and four grandchildren.

Alice M. Rivlin is an expert in monetary, fiscal and health policy. She was Director of the Office Management and Budget (OMB) in the first Clinton Administration (1993-96) and served as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996-1999). She was the Founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-83) and served as chair of the District of Columbia Financial Management and Assistance Authority (1998-2001). She was director of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings (1983-87). She also served at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (1968-69). She is currently a visiting professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown.

In 2010, Ms. Rivlin was named by President Obama to the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and also co-chaired, with former Senator Pete Domenici, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Debt Reduction.

Ms. Rivlin received the Paul A. Volcker Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic Policyfrom the National Association of Business Economics (2015) and the President’s Medal from Indiana University). In 2015 she also received the Leadership Award from the Economic Club of New York.  She has received a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in 1983 and the Moynihan Prize in 2008. She was named one of the greatest public servants of the last 25 years by the Council for Excellence in Government in 2008. In 2013 she is received Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance. She has taught at Harvard, George Mason, and The New School Universities. She has served on the boards of directors of several corporations, and as president of the American Economic Association.

Ms. Rivlin is a frequent contributor to newspapers, television, and radio. Her books include Systematic Thinking for Social Action (l971), Reviving the American Dream (1992), and Beyond the Dot.coms (with Robert Litan, 2001). She is co-editor (with Isabel Sawhill) of Restoring Fiscal Sanity: How to Balance the Budget (2004), Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2005: Meeting the Long-Run Challenges, (with Joseph Antos) of Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge, and (with Litan) of The Economic Payoff from the Internet Revolution (2001).

Ms. Rivlin served on DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s transition committee and is vice chair of the Board of the DC Association of Public Chartered Schools. She serves on the Board of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Ms. Rivlin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She received a B.A. in economics from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in economics 1958. She is married to economist Sidney G. Winter, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. She has three children and four grandchildren.

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