About Donald

I am an economist and nature lover. By day, I serve as director of economic policy initiatives & institute fellow at the Urban Institute. By night, I muse about economics, finance, nature, and life here at dmarron.com. I also advise and invest in start-up companies.

My blog posts, columns, and tweets are purely my own views and shouldn’t be attributed to any organization.

I previously directed the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (based at Urban), where I pondered America’s fiscal future. Before that I had a varied career in public service, academia, and the private sector. From 2002 to early 2009, I served in senior posts in the White House and Congress including: member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), acting director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and executive director of Congress’s Joint Economic Committee (JEC). I’ve been blessed to serve at some of the best acronyms in government.

During 2009-2011, I was a visiting professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, where I taught microeconomics and public finance. In the mid-1990s, I taught economics and finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. I also managed large antitrust cases (e.g., Pepsi vs. Coke) at Charles River Associates in Washington, DC and served as chief financial officer of a health care software start-up in Austin, TX.

I received my Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and my B.A. in Mathematics a couple miles down the road at Harvard.

My wife Esther and I love nature and travel. For glimpses of our adventures, please click on over to donaldandesther.blogspot.com.  (My favorite posts are this one about wading with sharks and this one about a close encounter with humpback whales. Or you can read about what I’m doing in the photo.) We also dote on our three cats and our son.