Former Chicago Home Loan Bank president to lead R Street’s financial services work
WASHINGTON (Jan. 19, 2016) — The R Street Institute is pleased to welcome Alex J. Pollock as the institute’s newest distinguished senior fellow. In his new role with R Street, Pollock will work on a broad range of financial services issues, including those affecting the banking and securities markets; the Federal Reserve; reforms to the government-sponsored enterprises; risk and uncertainty; retirement finance; and alternative energy finance.
Pollock joins R Street from the American Enterprise Institute, where he was a resident fellow working on a similar issue portfolio. Before joining AEI, Pollock was president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago for 13 years.
“Alex has had an extraordinarily distinguished career as a banker and a scholar of financial-services regulation,” said R Street President Eli Lehrer. “We’re thrilled he is joining R Street, where he will continue to be a leading voice in these important policy discussions.”
Pollock has testified before Congress numerous times and is the author of many scholarly papers on financial markets.
One of Pollock’s first events in his capacity as R Street senior distinguished fellow will be to moderate the Feb. 4 panel “The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Report: Five Years Later.” Pollock and an expert panel will discuss lessons learned from the financial crisis and the actions needed to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The event is free and open to the public and press.
“I’m delighted to be joining such an energetic, entrepreneurial and thoughtful think tank as R Street,” said Pollock. “I look forward to expanding R Street’s work in a wide variety of financial services policy issues.”
He is director of the CME Group, the Great Lakes Higher Education Corp. and the Great Books Foundation (where he was chairman of the board from 2006 to 2014). He is past-president of the International Union for Housing Finance and a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Graham School of Management at Saint Xavier University.
He has an M.P.A. in international relations from Princeton University, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Williams College.