Speaker Biography
Alice M. Rivlin , PhD
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies Program
Brookings Institution;
Co-Chair, Debt Reduction Task Force
Bipartisan Policy Center

Alice M. Rivlin is a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution.

Rivlin served as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in the first Clinton Administration and Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board. She also chaired the District of Columbia “Control Board.” Rivlin was the founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office and earlier served as Assistant Secretary in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

In 2010 President Obama appointed Rivlin to the Simpson-Bowles Commission on the federal budget. She also co-chaired, with former Senator Pete Domenici, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force. Rivlin received a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in 1983 and the Moynihan Prize in 2008. She taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School, George Mason University, and the New School. She served as a director of several major corporations and as President of the American Economic Association (1986). Rivlin is contributes frequently to newspapers, television, and radio.  She has authored several books and numerous articles on the federal budget, federalism, health care finance, and social policy.

Rivlin was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and received a Ph.D. in economics Radcliffe College (Harvard University).