Robert Greenstein in 2014
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Employer||Center on Budget and Policy Priorities|
|Known for||Founding and leading the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities|
Robert Greenstein is founder and President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a Washington, D.C. think tank that focuses on federal and state fiscal policy and public programs that affect low and moderate-income families and individuals.
Born in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Greenstein graduated from Cheltenham High School, in nearby Wyncote, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in 1963, and went on to earn his bachelor's degree at Harvard University.
Greenstein was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1996, and the 14th Annual Heinz Award in Public Policy in 2008. In 1994, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. Prior to founding the Center, Greenstein was Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service at the United States Department of Agriculture under President Jimmy Carter. In November 2011, Greenstein was included on The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people.
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- "Robert Greenstein". The Heinz Awards. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
- Pear, Robert (December 15, 1994). "Panel on a U.S. Benefits Overhaul Fails to Agree on Proposals". The New York Times.
- Pear, Robert (February 17, 1982). "Totals For Food Stamps Are A Shifting Target". The New York Times.
- The Editors (October 12, 2011). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Tax and Spin : A think tank and its "genius." - Center for Budget and Policy Priorities head Robert Greenstein
- Pearlstein, Steven. "A Powerhouse for the Poor", Washington Post, May 4, 2007, retrieved May 12, 2007.
- Deparle, Jason. "Democrats Face Hard Choices in Welfare Overhaul", New York Times, February 22, 1994, retrieved March 28, 2008.
- Pear, Robert. "Panel on a U.S. Benefits Overhaul Fails to Agree on Proposals", New York Times, December 15, 1994, retrieved October 25, 2006.