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Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf weighs in on the U.S. economy, fiscal policy and the budget deficit. He speaks on "Bloomberg Surveillance."


Let's Get Started
HKS Magazine • Winter 2016

As Douglas Elmendorf, the new dean of Harvard Kennedy School, moved into his Littauer building office in January, a 125-foot crane was beginning to install the steel beams that will frame the school’s new buildings. The blueprints for the construction have been drawn. The structures are taking shape. But as Elmendorf sits down at his desk, at the center of a community of thousands of master’s, doctoral, and executive education students, tens of thousands of alumni and friends, and hundreds of faculty and staff, he has begun to think about other ways the school can build on its excellent foundation.

A Passion for Public Service
HKS Magazine • Summer 2015

Douglas Elmendorf began taking an interest in economics—he loved its ability to help explain the world and create the tools to improve people’s lives—as an undergraduate at Princeton, before moving to Harvard for his doctoral studies. He taught at Harvard for four years before heading to Washington in 1993, where over two decades he worked as an economist in a series of increasingly influential positions at the Federal Reserve Board, the Council of Economic Advisers, the Treasury, and the Brookings Institution, before eventually being appointed director of the Congressional Budget Office in 2009. He will become Harvard Kennedy School’s 10th dean in January 2016, succeeding Dean David T. Ellwood and Acting Dean Archon Fung. He spoke to HKS Magazine on June 11, as his appointment was announced.

A new dean debuts
Harvard Gazette • June 11, 2015

A few hours after Douglas W. Elmendorf was named the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s new dean, he was surrounded by old friends and new at a reception atop the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), in a kind of festive gathering of the clan.

Elmendorf, A.M. ’85, Ph.D. ’89, is a prominent economist and a former Harvard faculty member who recently finished as director of the respected U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO).…

Douglas Elmendorf, Former CBO Director, Named Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School
The Wall Street Journal • June 11, 2015

Douglas Elmendorf, who ended in March a six-year run as director of the Congressional Budget Office, will be the new dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the university said Thursday.

Mr. Elmendorf was widely respected heading the powerful nonpolitical office that holds considerable power over spending, tax and budget proposals from the White House and Congress.

Former CBO chief Doug Elmendorf named Harvard Kennedy School dean
Politico • June 11, 2015 

Doug Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2009 until earlier this year, will be the next dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government next January, the school announced on Thursday. Keith Hall succeeded Elmendorf as CBO director in April.

“Doug Elmendorf is an outstanding public servant, an admired mentor and teacher, and a distinguished economist deeply immersed in the interplay of research and policy — an experienced leader in government who embodies the Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to joining scholarship, education, and practice to serve the public good,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust in the announcement.

Douglas Elmendorf

Douglas W. Elmendorf began his tenure as Dean of Harvard Kennedy School in January 2016.  He succeeded David Ellwood, who stepped down in June 2015 after 11 years leading the school.  

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