Ron Haskins is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. From February to December of 2002 he was the senior advisor to the president for welfare policy at the White House.
Prior to joining Brookings and Casey, he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, first as welfare counsel to the Republican staff, then as the subcommittee’s staff director. He is the author of numerous publications, and his areas of expertise include welfare reform, child care, child support, marriage, child protection, and budget and deficit issues. In 1997, Haskins was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (2000); the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Human Services from the American Public Human Services Association (2005); and the Lion Award from the Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families (2010).
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History, a Master’s in Education, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, from UNC, Chapel Hill. Haskins, who was a noncommissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1966, lives with his wife in Rockville, Maryland and is the father of four grown children
Sue Lehmann has been a management consultant for more than 25 years. In the last 15 years, she has worked primarily in the nonprofit and government sectors as a consultant and facilitator for organizations as diverse as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Save the Children, and the New York City Board of Education. Ms. Lehmann currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Boards of New Visions for Public Schools and Teach For America where she served as Chairman of the National Board and now chairs the Audit Committee. She is a Director of the Harlem Children’s Zone and Chair of the Board of YouthNoise. Ms. Lehmann brings a wealth of experience from the private and nonprofit sectors. She will be advising us on our educational strategy.