About Alice Rivlin


Alice M. Rivlin is a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. She is the director of the Greater Washington Research at Brookings. Before returning to Brookings, Rivlin served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996 to 1999. She was director of the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1996, and deputy director (1993-94). She also chaired the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority (1998-2001).

Rivlin was the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-1983). She was director of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings (1983-1987). She also served at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as assistant secretary for Planning and Evaluation (1968-1969).

Rivlin received a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, taught at Harvard, George Mason, and The New School Universities, has served on the boards of directors of several corporations, and as president of the American Economic Association. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers, television, and radio, and has written numerous books. Her books include Systematic Thinking for Social Action (l971), Reviving the American Dream (1992), Beyond the Dot.coms (with Robert Litan, 2001), and The Economic Payoff from the Internet Revolution (also with 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; and Restoring Fiscal Sanity: 2007: The Health Spending Challenge (with Joseph R. Antos March 2007).

Rivlin was born in 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Bryn Mawr College in 1952 and a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in economics in 1958. She is married to economist Sidney G. Winter, who is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She has three children and four grandchildren.