Ron Haskins is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families. He is also a senior consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Prior to joining Brookings and Casey, Ron spent 14 on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee. He was the editor of the 1996, 1998 and 2000 editions of the Green Book, a 1,600-page compendium of the nation’s social programs published by the House Ways and Means Committee that analyzes domestic policy issues including health care, poverty, and unemployment. In 2002, he served as the senior advisor to President George W. Bush for welfare policy. He is a senior editor of the policy journal, The Future of Children, and has co-edited and contributed to numerous books and journals. His most recent book is Creating an Opportunity Society (2009), co-authored with Isabel Sawhill. In 1997, Ron was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. Ron earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.