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McCourt Mourns the Loss of Alice Rivlin

Image of Alice Rivlin delivering McCourt commencement speech in 2017

The McCourt School of Public Policy mourns the loss of

The McCourt School of Public Policy mourns the loss of Alice M. Rivlin, a visiting professor at the McCourt and our predecessor the Georgetown Public Policy Institute from 2003 to 2016.

The founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and former chair of the Federal Reserve, the Washington Posttribute called Rivlin a “decathlete of public policy.”McCourt adjunct professor Diane Lim called Rivlin “the original Economist Mom” in her Forbes tribute.

“To those of us who live public policy, Alice Rivlin was a star. The scope of her leadership roles, the impact of the institutions she built, and the range of policy decisions she influenced are truly awesome,” said Judy Feder, professor, McCourt School of Public Policy and former dean, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. “Working with Alice always made me want to do–and be–the very best I could; and, at GPPI/McCourt, i know she had that effect on every aspiring policy leader able to get a seat in her class. It’s insufficient to say that Alice will be missed. She certainly will be. But I know I and many others will always have her with us–as an inspiration and a friend.”

Over the years, Rivlin taught hundreds of McCourt School and GPPI students in classes like National Economic Issues and The Political Economy of Cities.

Tributes to Rivlin from Hoyas have been pouring in over social media:

Taking Alice Rivlin’s class on budget policy (and hearing her stories about a remarkable career), was one of the most memorable parts of my grad school experience @Georgetown @McCourtSchool. RIP. https://t.co/XzQAiAHHN2

— Jacques Arsenault (@Jarsenault) May 14, 2019

I was lucky enough to take her class at @McCourtSchool “The Political Economy of Cities” and her stories were unparalleled. Being in her class is one of my favorite grad school memories. https://t.co/AyB4HDscKQ

— Rachel D (@_rachel_dolan) May 14, 2019

Alice Rivlin was more than a budget maestro, she’s a Washington, DC institution. She was a policy wonk, larger than life @Georgetown @McCourtSchool & I’m forever grateful to have known her. Alice Rivlin’s legacy lives in all of us she mentored. RIP my dear friend. https://t.co/ZcJThKaLEJ

— O. Felix Obi, MPM (@OFelixObi) May 14, 2019

In 2017, Rivlin served as the McCourt School commencement speaker, where she congratulated graduates on “on choosing public policy as a discipline and a career especially in this tumultuous and trying time in the public arena.”