Alice M. Rivlin (Bryn Mawr College Class of ’52) is a Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution and director of the Brookings’ Greater Washington Research Program which follows her illustrious career in public service. Rivlin has been a trailblazer for women in public service, and serves as a role model and inspiration for Bryn Mawr students, graduates, and women around the world. She been the first woman told hold various positions, including Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996-1999), her appointment as the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-1983) and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (1994-1996).
Rivlin has been very involved with Bryn Mawr College programs and outreach, and has generously offered her time and energy to contribute to a session for Institute delegates focused on women in the political sphere. She will offer a unique perspective on American public policy, and will engage with delegates on pursuing elected vs non elected office, working with political parties, and achieving policy change.
Rivlin sat down with Bryn Mawr College’s Science and Technology Newsletter Staff in 2009 to discuss some of the highlights of her career in public service, including her role on President Clinton’s economics team, which drove the turnaround from a massive budget deficit to the biggest federal budget surplus in U.S. history. She also spoke with Bryn Mawr about health-care reform and the impact of technology on the economy.