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January Program


Len Burman

Leonard Burman [ LBurman@urban.org ]

Course: Tax Policy & Politics (PAI 730, Section M001)

Len Burman is a nationally recognized tax policy and public finance expert with more than 25 years of experience in a range of academic, government, and public policy organizations. He is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics at Maxwell and currently serves as the Director of the Ubran-Brookings Tax Policy Center, which he co-founded.

Previously, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and a Senior Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. Burman testifies frequently before congressional committees on tax and budget policy issues, appears regularly in national and regional media, and is a blogger for Forbes.com as The Impertinent Economist. His most recent book is Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know, written with Joel Slemrod.

He also wrote The Labyrinth of Capital Gains Policy: A Guide for the Perplexed and co-edited Taxing Capital Income and Using Taxes to Reform Health Insurance. He is past President of the National Tax Association and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Syracuse University's Center for Policy Research. Burman earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Sean O'Keefe

Sean O'Keefe [scokeefe@maxwell.syr.edu]

Course: Public Management of Technology Development (PAI 700, Section M001)

Sean O’Keefe is University Professor and the Howard and Louise Phanstiel endowed Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is the 17th faculty recipient in the nearly 150 year Syracuse history to be designated University Professor, the most senior faculty appointment conferred by the institution. Concurrently, he is a Distinguished Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a partner institution with the Syracuse Maxwell School in Washington, D.C.

Previously, O’Keefe was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Group Inc, the US based corporate division of the global aerospace corporation. Prior to joining Airbus, O'Keefe was a company officer and Vice President of the General Electric Company following service as Chancellor of the Louisiana State University. On four separate occasions O'Keefe served as a presidential appointee when he led NASA, as Secretary of the Navy, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Deputy Assistant to the President, and as Comptroller and CFO at the Defense Department. His first presidential appointment followed nearly a decade with the US Senate Appropriations Committee concluding as staff director of defense subcommittee.

Between public service posts and at various times in his career, he held faculty appointments at the Pennsylvania State University, LSU and Syracuse. Following completion of his graduate degree at the Syracuse Maxwell School, his public service experiences began as a Presidential Management Intern in the inaugural class of the program in 1978.

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William Hederman

Course: Global Energy and Geopolitics

Bill Hederman is currently Senior Advisor for QCoeffecient and Senior Fellow at University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

Previously, Hederman was Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary and Executive Analytic Leader in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis for the Quadrennial Energy Review, US Department of Energy. He was a recipient of the Secretary's Achievement Award in 2016,  leading spokesman for the Department of Energy policy and strategy, and departmental thought leader and liaison to US industry, EU/EC experts and Ukraine and other European nations on energy regulatory changes and strategic planning.

He was also the Director and National Advisory Leader for energy regulatory compliance and other energy policy and technology innovation issues at Deloitte & Touche. Hederman earned his MS in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his BA in Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley.