Alumni Profile

Richard Leone, MPA | PhD  1965 | 1969
Richard Leone
Former NJ State Treasurer; Former Chairman, Port Authority of NY & NJ; Former President, The Century Foundation, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
PhD, Class of 1969
PhD'69, MPA '65
 
Richard C. Leone (1940-2015) was the first person to receive a Ph.D. in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School, four years after he earned an MPA.
 
At the time of his death in 2015, he was a senior fellow and former president of The Century Foundation, a public policy research foundation in New York and Washington.
 
His government experience included service as Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and as State Treasurer (Chief Financial Officer) of New Jersey. He also was administrative assistant to a Governor, executive assistant to a U.S. Senator, and Executive Director of a White House Task Force on the Cities. He was chairman of the transition committees of two N.J. governors.
 
In the private sector, Mr. Leone was the President of the New York Mercantile Exchange, President of Atlantic Commodities (an oil trading firm), and a Managing Director at Dillon Read & Co., Inc., an investment banking firm. He is currently a director of a number of public investment companies.  
 
His analytical and opinion pieces on public policy topics appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, and other publications.  He was co-editor of Social Security Reform: Beyond the Basics and of The War on Our Freedoms and of Liberty Under Attack. He is a member of the board of The Center for American Progress. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The National Academy of Social Insurance, The National Academy Public Administration, and other non-profit organizations. 
 
He earned an MPA and a Ph.D. and taught in the Woodrow Wilson School graduate program.