Donald Marron is director of economic policy initiatives at the Urban Institute. He conducts research on tax reform, long-run fiscal challenges, and federal budgeting. From 2010 to 2013, he led the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. He testifies frequently before Congress, and works to popularize economics through his blog and writings. He is a senior research fellow at the Climate Leadership Council and the editor of 30-Second Economics, a short book that introduces readers to 50 of the most important theories in economics.
Donald has served in senior government positions, including as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush and acting director of the Congressional Budget Office. He has also taught at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business; consulted on major antitrust cases; and served as chief financial officer of a health care software start-up. He studied mathematics at Harvard College and received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.