Sylvia M. Mathews
Office of Management And Budget
Sylvia M. Mathews was confirmed as Deputy Director of OMB by the Senate on
October 21, 1998. As Deputy Director, she works with the Director and the White House on development of Administration policy, and is responsible for coordinating Administration efforts on budget and appropriations matters, as well as other legislative and management issues.
Prior to OMB, Ms. Mathews was appointed Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to the President in January 1997. She supervised the work of several White House offices, including the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, Public Liaison, Staff Secretary, Intergovernmental Affairs, Council on Environmental Quality, Press, Cabinet Secretary, and Communications. In addition to overseeing these offices, Ms. Mathews helped review staff recommendations and managed the flow of information from them to the President of the United States. Ms. Mathews had responsibility for several special projects ranging from
Presidential State of the Union Addresses (1997 and 1998) to the President's historic trip to Africa.
Before her appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff, Ms. Mathews served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of the Treasury, Robert E. Rubin, from 1995-1997. In this position, she advised the Secretary on foreign and domestic policy, management and communications issues, and she helped implement the Secretary's priorities throughout the Department. She also shared day-to-day responsibilities with the Deputy Secretary and served as the Secretary's liaison to the White House and other government agencies.
Ms. Mathews first joined the Clinton Administration in December 1992 as the manager of the President-elect's Economic Transition Team. In January 1993, she became Staff Director for the National Economic Council and Special Assistant to Robert E. Rubin, then Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Her responsibilities included advising Mr. Rubin on economic and long-term planning issues, working closely with senior White House and Administration officials, and overseeing the day-to-day work of the NEC staff.
Before joining the Federal government, Ms. Mathews worked in the private
sector for McKinsey and Company management consulting firm. From November 1990 to July 1992 she was an associate with McKinsey in New York, where she performed analytical research, primarily in the areas of finance and telecommunications.
Ms. Mathews was the Deputy Director of Economic Policy for the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign. As a researcher on the 1988 Dukakis/Bentsen presidential campaign, she fact checked debate preparation materials. She was a Governor's aide for Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and served as a Lyndon B. Johnson Intern for Congressman Nick Rahall.
Ms. Mathews graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Government in June 1987. She was a recipient of the Harvard College Aggassiz Scholarship and Institute of Balkan Studies Harvard Fellowship, and was a Harvard Club of New York Scholar. As a Rhodes Scholar, she received an honors degree (B.A.) in philosophy, politics, and economics in June 1990 from Oxford University in Oxford, England. Ms. Mathews is from Hinton, West Virginia.
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