Susan Irving

Title: Government Executive

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Susan Irving, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in federal debt and fiscal issues.

With more than four decades of experience in the government sector, Dr. Irving has been governed by her own beliefs to public service. She cites her parents’ commitment to help people was the main interest for her to work in the government sector. While originally intending to be a public school teacher, her true passion remained in politics. She examined her father’s life, seeing that he lived on welfare and joined the military where he flew 37 bombing missions and spent nine months in a German prison camp. Knowing how her parents had struggled ignited the fire in her to help others out of difficult times. Since 2000, she has been the Director of the Federal Budget Analysis for the US Government Accountability Office. Prior to assuming this role, she was a Fellow and lecturer at Harvard University, a legislative director for US Senator Max Baucus and a senior economic advisor for Mondale for President. She has worked with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and as an external relations officer for the International Monetary Fund. Earlier in her career, she garnered experience as a staff director for the Executive Office of the President and as a legislative assistant to US Senator Abe Ribicoff.

To prepare for this career, Dr. Irving first earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in 1971. She continued at Harvard, receiving a MAT, MPP and later a PhD in public policy in 1976. Dr. Irving is a certified government financial manager with the Association of Government Accountants. In recognition of her work, she was elected as a Fellow of the National Association of Public Administration.

Throughout her career, Dr. Irving was a member of the Association for Public Policy and Management, the American Association of Budget and Program Analysis and the Association of Government Accountants. She endeavors to continue working in the coming years. In her spare time, she enjoys going for walks, reading and practicing yoga.

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