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Maya MacGuineas
President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
New America Foundation

Maya MacGuineas is the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Director of the Fiscal Policy Program at the New America Foundation. Her areas of expertise include the budget, entitlements and tax policy. Her work has been published in a number of outlets including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, and The Los Angeles Times and she regularly testifies before Congress. She has been selected to participate in The Next Generations Leaders Conference on the future of biotechnology, The American-German Leaders Conference in Germany, the CSIS Young Turks Program in Taiwan, and by CNN as a “New Newsmaker”.

Before coming to New America, MacGuineas worked as a Social Security adviser to the McCain 2000 presidential campaign, where she helped craft the Senator’s Social Security reform proposal and traveled with the campaign. Prior to that, she worked at the Brookings Institution, the Concord Coalition and on Wall Street. MacGuineas received her M.A. in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where her thesis, Addressing the $9.5 Trillion Dollar Question: How to Finance the Transition to a Funded Social Security System, won acclaim. She serves on a number of nonprofit boards and freelances as a venture capitalist.

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