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Gar Alperovitz

New Economy Advisor to the President
Branch: Economy
Current Location: Washington, DC, District of Columbia
Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin

Gar Alperovitz is Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political-Economy at the University of Maryland. He is cofounder of the Democracy Collaborative, an organization devoted to developing community wealth-building approaches to local and national democratic reconstruction. He also serves as a founding board member of the New Economics Institute. Alperovitz is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University, of the Institute of Politics at Harvard, of the Institute for Policy Studies, and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph.D. in Political-Economy as a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin. Alperovitz served previously as a Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Representatives (with Rep. Robert Kastenmeir of Wisconsin) and the U.S. Senate (with Earth Day Founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin), and as a Special Assistant concerned with United Nations issues in the Department of State. He was also Chief Economic Adviser to a coalition of 135 Members of Congress led by Rep. Richard Ottinger. Alperovitz lectures widely and has testified before numerous Congressional Committees.

Alperovitz' articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The Nation, The Atlantic, and other popular and academic publications. He has been profiled by The New York Times, The Associated Press, People Magazine, UPI, and Mother Jones and he has appeared on numerous network television news programs including (among many others): “Meet the Press,” “Larry King Live,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Cross-Fire,” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” Alperovitz’s latest book (publication date: May 1, 2013) is What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution. Two editions (2005; expanded in 2011) of his America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy have been released. Related works include Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance (with Lew Daly) and Making a Place for Community (with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio.) He is also author (with Jeff Faux) of Rebuilding America and (with Staughton Lynd) of Strategy and Program (Beacon). Alperovitz is also a historian of nuclear weapons; his most well known works in this field are The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb (Knopf) and Atomic Diplomacy (Simon & Schuster).