Ron Haskins is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. He is the author of Work Over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (Brookings, 2006), the co-author of Creating an Opportunity Society (Brookings, 2009) and Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Economic Mobility in America (Pew Charitable Trusts and Brookings, 2008), and senior editor of The Future of Children. In 2002 he was the Senior Advisor to the President for Welfare Policy at the White House. Prior to joining Brookings and Casey he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, serving as the subcommittee’s Staff Director after Republicans took control of the House in 1994. He was editor of 1996, 1998, and 2000 editions of the House Ways and Means Green Book. In 1997, Haskins was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. From 1981- 1985, he was a senior researcher at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds a Bachelor‘s degree in History, a Master’s in Education, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UNC. Haskins lives with his wife in Rockville, Maryland and is the father of four grown children and two grandchildren.