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Dean of Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School
Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy
Assistant: Lisa Cohen

Doug Elmendorf has been dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School since 2016. He had been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution after serving as the director of the Congressional Budget Office from January 2009 through March 2015. He had previously been a senior fellow at Brookings, assistant director of the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board, deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department, senior economist at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, and an assistant professor at Harvard University. In those policy roles, Doug worked on budget policy, health care issues, the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy, Social Security, income security programs, financial markets, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, and a range of other topics. He earned his PhD and AM in economics from Harvard University and his AB summa cum laude from Princeton University.

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Outside Professional Activities For Douglas Elmendorf

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Abt Associates Fiduciary board membership
American Economic Association Membership on a scientific or other advisory board
National Bureau of Economic Research Research or teaching appointment
National Economic Education Delegation Membership on a scientific or other advisory board
Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government Membership on a scientific or other advisory board
Results for America Research or teaching appointment
The Hamilton Project at Brookings Research or teaching appointment
Trilateral Commission Research or teaching appointment
Brookings' Task Force on Climate Scoring Membership on a scientific or other advisory board
Urban Institute's Equity Scoring Initiative Membership on a scientific or other advisory board
PIIE's Next Bretton Woods Group Membership on a scientific or other advisory board


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Assistant: Lisa Cohen

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