Michael Ettlinger was the founding director of the Carsey School of Public Policy. From July 2014 until January 2023, he led the creation of the school and the expansion of its programs—building on the pre-existing Carsey Institute. He continues as a non-resident senior fellow while also serving as a senior fellow at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and an author. Michael is also is an Affiliate Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire's School of Law and a Faculty Fellow at the Law School’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy.
Prior to joining Carsey, Michael was at several Washington, D.C. think-tanks working on both federal and state economic and fiscal policy. He most recently was the Senior Director for the Fiscal and Economic Policy Portfolio at the Pew Charitable Trusts. Prior to that, he was the Vice President for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress and held positions with the Economic Policy Institute and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. From August to November of 2016, Michael served part-time as the Director of Economic Policy Planning for the Clinton-Kaine transition. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from American University.