Wendy Gramm, Ph.D.


Wendy Gramm of Helotes, Texas, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 1966 and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1971.

Dr. Gramm is a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of the Regulatory Studies Program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia. 

Before joining the Mercatus Center, Gramm served as chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1988-1993.  She was administrator for Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget from 1985-1988, the Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief and Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics.  Dr. Gramm was on the research staff of the Institute for Defense Analyses.  She started her economics career at Texas A&M University, where she taught economics for over eight years.  Dr. Gramm has an extensive publication record including articles in the American Economic Review and the Journal of Law and Economics.

An economist, Dr. Gramm serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Federation of Independent Business’ Legal Foundation and is a member of the boards of Texas Public Policy Foundation and Longitude.  She has received several awards, including Financial Executive of the Year from the Financial Management Association.

Dr. Gramm was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in 2001.  She serves as chair of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs and is a member of the Committee on Audit.  Dr. Gramm is chair of the Campus Art and Aesthetic Improvement Committee and a member of the Committee on Educational Access and the Committee on Health Affairs.  She is the Board's special liaison to the Bill and Irma Runyon Art Collection Committee, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas A&M University Center for Humanities Research Development Council.  Her term expires February 1, 2007.


Revised 08/27/2003