Peter J. Wallison holds the Arthur F. Burns Chair in Financial Policy Studies and is codirector of the American Enterprise Institute’s program on Financial Policy Studies. From June 1981 to January 1985, he was General Counsel of the United States Treasury Department, where he had a significant role in developing the Reagan administration proposals for deregulating financial services. During 1986 and 1987, Wallison was White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan.
He testifies frequently before congressional committees and is a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal and other publications. He has also been a speaker at many conferences on financial services, housing, the financial crisis, the Dodd-Frank Act, accounting, and corporate governance and was a member of the congressionally authorized Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (20092011). In 2011, Wallison received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Colorado.