Robert Greenstein

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Robert Greenstein
Robert Greenstein in 2014
BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma materHarvard University
EmployerCenter on Budget and Policy Priorities
Known forFounding 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.[1]

Greenstein was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1996,[1] and the 14th Annual Heinz Award in Public Policy in 2008.[2] In 1994, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform.[3] 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.[4] In November 2011, Greenstein was included on The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people.[5]


  1. ^ a b Schuman, Matt (July 25, 1996). "A Certifiable Genius: MacArthur Grant just Reinforces what these Local Parents Knew all Along." Jewish Exponent. Retrieved via ProQuest database, 2017-02-17.
  2. ^ "Robert Greenstein". The Heinz Awards. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  3. ^ Pear, Robert (December 15, 1994). "Panel on a U.S. Benefits Overhaul Fails to Agree on Proposals". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Pear, Robert (February 17, 1982). "Totals For Food Stamps Are A Shifting Target". The New York Times.
  5. ^ The Editors (October 12, 2011). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved 2011-10-25.

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