Expert Profile

Michael Ettlinger

Senior Director, Fiscal and Economic Policy
Pew Charitable Trusts

Michael Ettlinger is senior director of Pew's fiscal and economic policy portfolio, a multifaceted set of projects and initiatives that research fiscal and economic issues and promote evidence-based policies and practices at all levels of government.

As the head of this portfolio, Ettlinger leads a staff of experts that includes researchers, project analysts, journalists, and consultants and guides the direction of Pew's work to provide critical data and analyses that strengthen fiscal and economic policy across federal, state, and local levels. 

Prior to joining Pew, Ettlinger was the vice president for economic policy at the Center for American Progress where he oversaw a team of economists and other experts working on a wide range of national issues from budget policy and government reform to higher education, housing, and trade. Ettlinger previously worked at the Economic Policy Institute where he ran a network of state-level economic think tanks, the Economic Analysis and Research Network and was tax policy director and state tax policy director at the Institute for Taxation and Economic policy for 11 years. He also served on the staff of the New York State Assembly and on several nonprofit boards and government advisory commissions and study groups.

Ettlinger holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.

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