Former secretary of treasury to speak at roundtable

VIENNA – A former U.S. Treasury secretary will speak at the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley at noon April 10 at the Parkersburg Country Club.

Robert Rubin, treasury secretary under President Clinton, will speak on “Challenges for the U.S. and Global Economies.”

The speaker series is open to members of the roundtable only. At 3 p.m. April 10, Rubin will conduct a Leadership Q&A in the Alma McDonough Auditorium at Marietta College for Marietta College students.

As secretary from 1995-99, Rubin played a leading role in many of the nation’s most important policy debates. He was involved in balancing the federal budget, opening trade policy to further globalization, the financial crises in Mexico, Asia and Russia, helped resolve the impasse over the public debt limit, protecting the nation’s currency against counterfeiting and guiding reforms at the Internal Revenue Service.

Long active in public affairs, Rubin first joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as Director of the newly created National Economic Council. Under Rubin’s guidance, the NEC oversaw the administration’s domestic and international economic policymaking process, coordinated economic policy recommendations to the president and monitored the implementation of the president’s economic policy goals.

Rubin began his career in finance at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City in 1966.

Rubin served as vice-chairman and co-chief operating officer from 1987-90 and as co-senior partner and co-chairman from 1990-92.

Before joining Goldman, he was an attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City from 1964-66.

Rubin is the chairman of the board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, which is the nation’s leading community development support organization with 38 offices nationwide. At the White House and Treasury, Rubin was an advocate for policy actions that met the need for economic development in distressed urban and rural areas.

Rubin graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1960 with a degree in economics. He received a law degree Yale Law School in 1964 and attended the London School of Economics.

The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley is a non-partisan non-political educational organization that formed in 1982 by the Business and Economics Department at Marietta College and business, civic and educational leaders to enlighten members and the community on important governmental, economic and social issues.

Since its inception, the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley has presented the Ohio Valley with more than 160 distinguished speakers on a broad scope of governmental, economic and social issues.