Charles E.M. Kolb is the President of the Committee for Economic Development. Prior to joining CED in 1997, Kolb served as General Counsel of United Way of America from l992. During nearly ten years of government service, he held several senior-level positions. He served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy at the White House (1990-1992) where he worked on several domestic policy issues involving economic, education, legal, and regulatory matters. From 1983 to 1990, he held three other government positions: Assistant General Counsel, Office of Management and Budget (1983-1986); Deputy General Counsel for Regulations and Legislation, U.S. Department of Education (1986-1988); and Deputy Under Secretary for Planning, Budget and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Education (1988-1990).
Prior to government service, he practiced law at two Washington, D.C., law firms: Covington & Burling and Foreman & Dyess. He also was a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Joseph H. Young in Baltimore, Maryland.
Kolb received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and did graduate work at Balliol College, Oxford University, from which he received a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Journal of International Law. He is also the author of a book on policymaking in the first Bush White House and numerous law review and op-ed articles.