John Palmer

RFFG Advisory Board
Maxwell School
Syracuse University

John L. Palmer is a University Professor and Dean-Emeritus of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he has been on the faculty since 1988. He also served two presidentially-appointed terms as a public trustee for the Medicare and Social Security programs from 2000-2008. Prior to moving to Syracuse to assume the Maxwell deanship, Dr. Palmer occupied several different positions in Washington, DC, including Senior Fellow of The Brookings Institution and of The Urban Institute and Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Palmer has published more than a dozen books and numerous professional and popular articles on a wide range of topics related to economic, budgetary and social policy concerns. He has provided expert testimony to Congress on many occasions and served as a consultant to various government agencies, private foundations, and universities. He is a senior fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and past president of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). His other professional activities have entailed serving on various committees of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Visiting Committee of The Brookings Institution. He recently co-chaired a joint NAS/NAPA committee whose report, Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future, was published in early 2010.

Current activities include serving on the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute, the Board of Directors of the New York State Health Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Robertson Foundation for Government, and the Advisory Council of Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions. Dr. Palmer received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and a B.A. in mathematics from Williams College.