Economist, Visiting Professor at Georgetown University, and Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996-1999)

Alice Rivlin

About the Speaker

Alice M. Rivlin is an economist specializing in fiscal, monetary and social policy. She is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at Brookings and a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University.

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

Rivlin served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996-99). She was director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in the first Clinton Administration. She chaired the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority (1998-2001). Rivlin was the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-83). She was director of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings (1983-87), and director of the Brookings Greater Washington Research Program (2001-2011).

Rivlin 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. 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 (1986).

Rivlin contributes to newspapers, television and radio, and is a regular commentator on Nightly Business Report. Her books include Systematic Thinking for Social Action (l971), Reviving the American Dream (1992) and Beyond the Dot.coms (with Robert Litan, 2001). She was co-editor of the Brookings series, Restoring Fiscal Sanity, which focused on the budget and health care spending.

Rivlin was born in Philadelphia 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. She is married to economist Sidney G. Winter, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. She has three children and four grandchildren.