Thursday February 16, 2017
The Honorary Dr. Alan Greenspan
The recipient of The Economic Club of New York Leadership Excellence Award
speaks on Stagflation and the U.S. and Global Outlook
For 18 1/2 years, Alan Greenspan served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body. He originally took office as Chairman and to fill an unexpired term as a member of the Board on August 11, 1987. Dr. Greenspan was reappointed to the Board to a full 14-year term, which began February 1, 1992, and ended January 31, 2006. He was designated Chairman by Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush.
Alan Greenspan was born on March 6, 1926, in New York City. He received a B.S. in economics (summa cum laude), M.A. and Ph.D. all from New York University, and performed advanced graduate studies at Columbia University.
From 1954 to 1974 and from 1977 to 1987, Dr. Greenspan was Chairman and President of Townsend-Greenspan & Co., Inc., an economic consulting firm in New York City. From 1974 to 1977, he served as Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under President Ford, and from 1981 to 1983, as Chairman of the National Commission on Social Security Reform.
He was appointed a member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Commission on Financial Structure and regulation, the Commission on an All-Volunteer Armed Force, and the Task Force on Economic Growth. Before his appointment to the Federal Reserve Board, Dr. Greenspan served as a director of numerous corporations, including J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc.; Mobil Corporation; Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa); General Foods Corp, Capital Cities/ ABC, Inc.
He was a term member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corporation, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution (at Stanford University), Vice Chairman and Trustee of the Economic Club of New York, and Director at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Greenspan has served as Chairman of the Conference of Business Economists, President and Fellow of the National Association of Business Economists and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
He has received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, Leuven (Belgium), and Edinburgh universities. He received the Legion of Honor (Commander) from France, became an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire and received the Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civil award.
Dr. Greenspan heads Greenspan Associates, a consulting firm in Washington, DC and is the author of New York Times Bestsellers The Age of Turbulence and The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Risk of Forecasting. He is married to Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC’s "Andrea Mitchell Reports."