James M. Poterba
Chair, Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee
CREF Trustee since 2006
James M. Poterba, 53, has been President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 2008. He has been the Mitsui Professor of Economics since 1996 and was the Head of the Economics Department from 2006 until 2008 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”), where he has taught since 1983. From 1994 to 2000 and 2001 to 2006 he was Associate Head of the Economics Department at MIT. He was the Director of the Public Economics Research Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1990 to 2008. He is a Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Vice President of the Eastern Economics Association, and a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers. He also served as a director of the Jeffrey Company and Jeflion Company, which are unregistered investment companies. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.Phil. and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. Dr. Poterba has served as a CREF Trustee since 2006.