Peter Orszag is Head of North American M&A and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Lazard, where he also serves as Global Co-Head of Healthcare. Peter is a contributing Columnist at Bloomberg Opinion, writing on topics including health care, politics & behavioral economics. Previously, Peter was Vice Chairman of Corporate & Investment Banking and Chairman of the Financial Strategy & Solutions Group at Citigroup.
Peter held senior positions at The White House; during the Obama administration, he served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, playing a key role in the passage and implementation of the 2009 stimulus legislation & the 2010 Affordable Care Act. He was recognized for this work by the Mosbacher Institute at Texas A&M University, who awarded him the Good Governance Award for his leadership.
Whilst Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Peter steered the agency to expand its focus on health care & climate change. During the Clinton administration, he served as Senior Advisor & Senior Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Peter was non-resident Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and Member of the Board at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a frequent panelist for the Council on Foreign Relations.
Peter’s publications include Moneyball for Government (Disruption Books 2014) and Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007 (Brookings Institution Press, 2006). A frequent public speaker, Peter is often invited to appear on television. He regularly participates at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference and the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival. In 2010, Peter was the opening commencement speaker at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was awarded an honorary degree.