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Robert Bixby
Executive Director

Robert L. Bixby is executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington and helps educate the public about the federal budget and the need to protect our children and future generations from excessive government debt.

Bixby joined Concord in 1992 and served in several positions, including policy director and national field director, before being named executive director in 1999. He has served as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force (the Domenici-Rivlin commission), which produced a model plan for comprehensive fiscal reform.

He frequently speaks around the country on the nation’s fiscal challenges and possible bipartisan solutions, including greater government efficiency, tax reform and improvements in the entitlement program. He has testified at congressional hearings and been interviewed by news organizations around the country. Bixby has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News.

He and The Concord Coalition’s “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour” were also featured prominently in the critically-acclaimed documentary film “I.O.U.S.A.”

Bixby has a bachelor's degree in political science from American University, a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law, and a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before joining Concord, he practiced law and served as the chief staff attorney of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. 

Recent Publications

Inflation: Here Today, Here Tomorrow?
January 20, 2022
This week on Facing the Future, we discussed the inflation outlook with Jason Furman, former chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2013-17, and now a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Concord Coalition Policy Director Tori Gorman and our Chief Economist Steve Robinson joined me for the conversation. 
Plowing Through the 'Wintry Mix' on Jobs Report
January 13, 2022
This week on Facing the Future, we plowed through the ‘Wintry Mix’ contained in the December jobs report put out by the U.S.
The 1992 Tsongas Campaign and the Birth of The Concord Coalition
January 06, 2022
This week on Facing the Future, we kicked off the 30th anniversary of The Concord Coalition’s founding by talking with Kitty Kurth, a veteran of the 1992 Paul Tsongas presidential campaign who would later that year become the first ever employee of The Concord Coalition. Kurth is currently president of Kurth-Lampe Worldwide, a political and management consulting firm in Chicago, and conducts democracy training all over the globe.  Also joining us for this discussion was Concord Coalition national field director Phil Smith, who now holds the job first occupied by Kurth.