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Interview with Robert E. Rubin

Robert E. Rubin

Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations
Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
Former Co-Chairman, Goldman Sachs



Robert E. Rubin served as our nation’s 70th Secretary of the Treasury from January 10, 1995 until July 2, 1999.  He joined the Clinton Administration in 1993, serving in the White House as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as the first Director of the National Economic Council.  He joined Goldman, Sachs & Company in 1966 and served as Co-Chairman from 1990 to 1992.  From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Rubin served as a member of the Board of Directors at Citigroup and as a senior advisor to the company.  In 2010, he joined Centerview Partners as counselor of the firm.  He is Chairman of the Board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s leading community development support organization.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai Medical Center and is a member of the Harvard Corporation.  In June 2007, he was named Co-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

In 2005, Mr. Rubin was one of the founders of The Hamilton Project, an economic policy project housed at the Brookings Institution that offers a strategic vision and innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans.  He is author of In An Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington [Random House, 2003, with Jacob Weisberg], a New York Times bestseller and one of Business Week's ten best business books of the year.

Mr. 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 has received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Columbia and other universities.