Diane Lim, senior adviser and director of outreach, Penn Wharton Budget Model, works in the D.C. office of PWBM, advising on various strategic and business development matters and directing activities related to public outreach and communications. She has spent her 30-plus year career in a variety of prominent roles in the federal government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. She began her post-PhD career as an assistant professor at Penn State University before going to D.C. to work at the Congressional Budget Office in the early 1990s. Lim has served as chief economist for the House Ways and Means Committee, House Budget Committee, the Concord Coalition, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. She was a senior economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the final year of the Clinton administration and first 100 days of the George W. Bush administration. She has also worked for The Conference Board, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute.
In addition to her day job for PWBM, she teaches as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and Georgetown University, and she is a part-time yoga teacher. She is a founding advisory board member of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, and she is a past president of the National Tax Association.
Lim received her doctoral degree in economics from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree from Brown University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.