Alex J. Pollock

Senior Fellow, R Street Institute

Alex J. Pollock is a distinguished senior fellow with the R Street Institute, providing thought and policy leadership on financial issues, broadly defined. These include understanding financial systems, cycles of booms and busts, financial crises, risk and uncertainty, central banking and the politics of finance. Mr. Pollock joined R Street in January 2016 from the American Enterprise Institute, where he was a resident fellow from 2004 to 2015. He previously was president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago from 1991 to 2004.

He also serves as a director of the CME Group; a director of Great Lakes Higher Education Corp.; and a director and past-chairman of the Great Books Foundation. He is past president of the International Union for Housing Finance and a member of the advisory board of St. Xavier University of Chicago Business School. He is the author of “Boom and Bust: Financial Cycles and Human Prosperity,” published in 2011 by AEI Press.

Mr. Pollock received his bachelor’s from Williams College, has master’s in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Master of Public Administration degree in international affairs from Princeton University. He lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, with his wife. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

  • M.P.A., international relations, Princeton University
  • M.A., philosophy, University of Chicago
  • B.A., Williams College

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Publications and Multimedia
Federal Reserve Accountability and the CHOICE Act - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
June 15, 2017
Shareholder Value Theory: Myth or Motivator? - Event Video
Faculty Division and the American Enterprise Institute
May 03, 2013
Risk Retention on Mortgages: Boon or Costly Mistake? - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
July 31, 2012
The "Startup Expansion and Investment Act," HR 2941
New Federal Initiatives Project
November 03, 2011
Re-Privatization of the Financial Sector - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 13, 2009
Reprivatizing Credit Risk: Where Do We Go From Here? - Event Audio/Video
The Financial Services Bailout
March 19, 2009
Government Control v. the Free Market - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008