Former Secretary of Treasury to speak at Economic Roundtable

rubin-robertRobert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury during President Clinton’s administration, is the final speaker for the 2012-13 Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley speaker series.

Rubin will meet with the organization at noon, Wednesday, April 10, at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna, W.Va. His talk is titled “Challenges for the U.S. and Global Economies.”

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Rubin will also conduct a Leadership Q&A in the Alma McDonough Auditorium at Marietta College. During the Q&A, Marietta College students get an opportunity to hear from many of the nation’s leaders in industry and other businesses.

As Secretary from 1995-99, Rubin played a leading role in many of the nation’s most important policy debates. He was involved in balancing the federal budget; opening trade policy to further globalization; acting to stem financial crises in Mexico, Asia, and Russia; helping to resolve the impasse over the public debt limit; safeguarding the nation’s currency against counterfeiting; and guiding sensible reforms at the Internal Revenue Service. 

Long active in public affairs, Rubin first joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as Director of the newly created National Economic Council. Under Rubin’s guidance, the NEC oversaw the Administration’s domestic and international economic policymaking process, coordinated economic policy recommendations to the President, and monitored the implementation of the President’s economic policy goals.

Rubin began his career in finance at Goldman, Sachs & Company in New York City in 1966. Rubin served as Vice-Chairman and Co-Chief Operating Officer from 1987-90 and as Co-Senior Partner and Co-Chairman from 1990-92. Before joining Goldman, he was an attorney at the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City from 1964-66. 

Rubin is the Chairman of the Board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which is the nation’s leading community development support organization with 38 offices nationwide. At the White House and Treasury, Rubin was a leading advocate for policy actions that met the need for economic development in the Nation’s distressed urban and rural areas.

Rubin graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1960 with an A.B. in economics. He received a L.L.B. from Yale Law School in 1964 and attended the London School of Economics. He is married to Judith Oxenberg Rubin, who served as the New York City Commissioner of Protocol for four years under Mayor David Dinkins. The Rubins have two adult sons, James and Philip.

The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley is a non-partisan non-political educational organization that formed in 1982 as a result of collaboration between the Business and Economics Department at Marietta College and a group of business, civic and educational leaders. The object of the Economic Roundtable is to promote an interest in and to enlighten its members and others in the community on important governmental, economic, and social issues. Since its inception, the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley has presented the Ohio Valley with more than 160 distinguished speakers who have enlightened and informed ERT members with their fascinating discussion on a broad scope of governmental, economic and social issues.

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