Joshua Gotbaum

Joshua Gotbaum, Guest Scholar of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings Institution

Hon. Joshua Gotbaum has extensive experience in business and finance as well as in public service. Currently a Guest Scholar in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Mr. Gotbaum directed the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation from 2010 to 2014 and was Operating Partner at Blue Wolf Capital Management from 2006 to 2010. He led and managed Hawaiian Airlines as the Chapter 11 Trustee from 2003 to 2005. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Gotbaum was CEO of The September 11th Fund, a major charity.

Earlier in his career Mr. Gotbaum was an investment banker at Lazard, specializing in mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings in North America and Europe. He also held various senior level positions in the U.S. government, including as Executive Associate Director and Controller at the President’s Office of Management and Budget, as Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Economic Policy at the Department of Treasury, and as Assistant Secretary for Economic Security in the Department of Defense. He has also held positions at the White House and the Department of Energy.

Mr. Gotbaum previously served as a director of TD Bank and Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., in addition to serving on the boards of several non-profit institutions. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from Stanford University.