Tax Policy Center



C. Eugene Steuerle

Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair

I love working on public finance issues and seeing their endless application to so many budget, tax, spending, and charitable issues that go well beyond what can be found in any textbook. I am drawn to Urban because in my view it leads the nation in so many areas of research—combining its talents for evaluating a broad spectrum of public policy issues, gathering and using related data from a broad range of sources, and integrating research across disparate program areas; and all the while maintaining a truly nonpartisan approach to analysis, a deep culture of respect for each member of the organization, and a strong commitment to serve the public through its work.


Eugene Steuerle is an Institute fellow and the Richard B. Fischer chair at the Urban Institute. Among past positions, he served as deputy assistant secretary of the US Department of the Treasury for Tax Analysis (1987–89), president of the National Tax Association (2001–02), codirector of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, and chair of the 1999 Technical Panel advising Social Security on its methods and assumptions. Between 1984 and 1986 he served as economic coordinator and original organizer of the Treasury’s tax reform effort, which Treasury and White House officials acknowledged would not have moved forward without his leadership.

Steuerle is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of 16 books, and numerous publications and congressional testimonies, including Dead Men Ruling, Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy (2nd edition), Nonprofits and Business, and Retooling Social Security for the 21st Century.

He is a cofounder of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and Urban’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, as well as cofounder and chair of Act for Alexandria, a community foundation. He serves or has served as an elected, appointed, advisory panel, or board member for the Congressional Budget Office, Comptroller General of the United States, the Joint Committee on Taxation, Venture Philanthropy Partners, and the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, among others.

Among other honors, Steuerle received the first Bruce Davie-Albert Davis Public Service Award from the National Tax Association in 2005, and distinguished or outstanding alumnus awards from the University of Dayton and St. Xavier High School.


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