Stan Collender

Executive Vice President


Stan Collender, executive vice president for MSLGROUP, is one of the United States leading experts on the federal budget, federal spending and revenues, the national debt and the congressional budget process.

Stan is one of the most quoted pundits in the U.S. on all aspects of the federal budget and Washington’s response to economic and financial challenges and speaks to more than 100 corporate and association groups each year.

During the difficult 2011 debt ceiling debate in Washington, Stan appeared more than 200 times on television and radio including all of the broadcast networks and multiple interviews on Marketplace and other National Public Radio programs. He was also quoted regularly by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and appeared repeatedly on foreign channels including the BBC and Russian, German and Chinese television.

In the months leading up to the fiscal cliff in 2012, Stan was a regular on-air contributor to Bloomberg television and radio. Before and during the government shutdown in 2013 and for several months afterwards, Stan was a frequent guest host on Bloomberg television.

In 2009, the Wall Street Journal named Stan’s blog -- “Capital Gains and Games” -- one of the top 25 economic blogs in the United States. The blog is now published by Forbes.

Stan is the author of The Guide to the Federal Budget, which was one of the most assigned texts on the federal budget process during the 19 years an annual edition was published. He was also the writer of the very popular “Fiscal Fitness” column for Roll Call and “Budget Battles” for National Journal.

Stan has been involved with the congressional budget process since 1974 and is one of only a handful of people who has worked for both the House and Senate Budget Committees. As a member of the House Budget Committee staff he served as administrator of the Task Force on State and Local Government. For the Senate Budget Committee, he was responsible for analyzing defense spending. Stan also served as the administrator of the Task Force on the Budget of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, a bipartisan group of representatives from the states in those regions.

Stan has worked for many of the major professional services firms in the world including Fleishman-Hillard and Burson-Marsteller. He was also director of federal budget policy for two major international accounting firms—Price Waterhouse and Touche Ross—and president of the Budget Research Group, a private Washington-based consulting organization.

Stan is a recipient of the Howard Award for lifetime achievement in federal budgeting from the American Society for Public Administration and was the 2012 winner of the prestigious James L. Blum Award from the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed Stan to the presidential commission that studied whether the U.S. should have a capital budget.

He currently teaches a course – “The Federal Budget in a time of Madness” – at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Stan holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from New York University. He lives in Virginia with his wife, a professional actress who has absolutely no interest in politics, public policy, or federal deficits. Because of that, they get along extremely well.