10 Things You Didn’t Know About Peter Orszag

President-elect Barack Obama named Orszag as head of the Office of Management and Budget.

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1. Peter Orszag was born in Boston in 1968 to parents Reba and Steven. His father is the Percey F. Smith Professor of Mathematics at Yale.

2. Peter Orszag graduated summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University and has master's and doctoral degrees from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Marshall scholar.

3. After leaving the White House, where he was an economic adviser to President Bill Clinton, he and three other Clinton economic advisers—his brother Jonathan Orszag, Joseph Stiglitz, and Laura D'Andrea Tyson—founded the economic and public policy consulting company Sebago Associates.

4. He is a protégé of Robert Rubin, the former treasury secretary.

5. During his years as a senior fellow for economic studies at the Brookings Institute, he directed the Hamilton Project, which aims to increase opportunities for broad-based wealth, economic security, and enduring growth.

6. He has been director of the Congressional Budget Office since January 2007, focusing primarily on healthcare policy and climate change.

7. He has coauthored or coedited numerous scholarly articles and books, including Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach (2004).

8. He was recently honored with his election to the National Academies of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

9. He spends his spare time listening to country music, reading history and biographies, and he is an avid runner, having participated in a number of marathons and half marathons.

10. He is divorced and has two young children.