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Maya MacGuineas

2016 Conference Co-Chair

Maya MacGuineas is the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a bipartisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public about issues that have significant fiscal policy impact, as well as the head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, a nonpartisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. MacGuineas’ areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. Along with Kilolo Kijakazi and David Colby, MacGuineas is a co-chair of the Academy’s 2016 Annual Policy Research Conference.

Prior to her positions at the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget, and Campaign to Fix the Debt, Maya worked at the Brookings Institution and on Wall Street. As a political independent, she advised numerous candidates for office from both parties, and works regularly with members of Congress on health, economic, tax, and budget issues. MacGuineas also testifies regularly before Congress, comments often on broadcast news and is widely cited by the national press.

“Maya has been a consistent and affective advocate for bringing awareness to the public and Congress the fiscal challenges confronting the nation,” said G. William Hoagland, Academy Board Member and senior vice president of the Bipartisan Policy Center. “As the Executive Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, she has not shrunk from expressing unpopular and controversial policies to address these challenges.”

Once dubbed “an anti-deficit warrior” by The Wall Street Journal, MacGuineas has published a number of articles in The Atlantic MonthlyThe Washington PostThe New York Times, the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times. MacGuineas also served on The Washington Post editorial board in the spring of 2009, where she wrote extensively on economic and fiscal policy, particularly on the health care reform debate.

A native Washingtonian, she earned her B.A. from Northwestern University, and obtained a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. MacGuineas has been a member of the Academy since 2005.