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Gene Steuerle
Vice President
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Eugene Steuerle is Vice President of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. With his extensive knowledge of the interplay of the federal budget, taxes, retirement security, health, and other areas of public finance, Mr. Steuerle is a noted expert on how problems can develop and snowball when government sits by passively despite unfavorable long-term consequences. He brings this knowledge to bear on his work leading the Foundation's research and analysis, and also shares it through his regular column, The Government We Deserve.

Through summer 2008, Mr. Steuerle is splitting his time between the Foundation and the Urban Institute, where he is wrapping up work as a Senior Fellow. He is immediate past co-director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint effort of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. He is also the author, co-editor, or editor of 15 books and hundreds of articles and Congressional testimonies, as well as a prolific columnist who has written for Tax Notes and the Financial Times.

Among his previous leadership positions in the area of public finance, Mr. Steuerle has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Analysis, President of the National Tax Association, and Chair of the 1999 Technical Panel advising Social Security on its methods and assumptions. From 1984 to 1986, he worked as the original organizer and economic coordinator of the Treasury Department's tax reform effort.

Mr. Steuerle serves or has served on advisory panels or boards for the Congressional Budget Committee, the Government Accountability Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the Partnership for America's Economic Success, and Independent Sector, the leadership forum for nonprofit organizations. He also helped start the Alexandria Community Trust, a Virginia foundation affiliated with the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region.

Among other honors, he received the first Bruce Davie-Albert Davis Public Service Award from the National Tax Association in 2005. He has a Ph.D. in Economics with a distinction in public finance from the University Wisconsin at Madison.

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