Alex J. Pollock is distinguished senior fellow with the R Street Institute, providing thought and policy leadership on financial issues, broadly defined. These include understanding financial systems, cycles of booms and busts, financial crises, risk and uncertainty, central banking and the politics of finance.

Alex joined R Street in January 2016 from the American Enterprise Institute, where he was a resident fellow from 2004 to 2015. He previously was president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago from 1991 to 2004.

He also serves as a director of the CME Group; a director of Great Lakes Higher Education Corp.; and a director and past-chairman of the Great Books Foundation. He is past president of the International Union for Housing Finance and a member of the Advisory Board of the Heller College of Business at Roosevelt University.

He is the author of Boom and Bust: Financial Cycles and Human Prosperity, published in 2011 by AEI Press, and his forthcoming Finance and Philosophy will be published by Paul Dry Books.

Alex received his bachelor’s from Williams College, his master’s in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Master of Public Administration degree in international affairs from Princeton University.

He lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, with his wife. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.