Alex J. Pollock is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on policy issues relating to mortgage finance, banking, the Federal Reserve, government-sponsored enterprises, retirement finance, corporate governance, and the role of uncertainty and risk in financial systems.

Immediately before joining AEI, Pollock was president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago from 1991 to 2004. A prolific writer and speaker, he has also testified before Congress on numerous financial issues. He is the author of “Boom and Bust: Financial Cycles and Human Prosperity” (AEI Press, 2011) and, in 2007, created a one-page mortgage information form to help borrowers understand their mortgage obligations.

Pollock is a director of the CME Group, the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, and the Great Books Foundation (where he was chairman of the board from 2006 to 2014). He is a past-president of the International Union for Housing Finance and a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Graham School of Management at Saint Xavier University.

He has an M.P.A. in international relations from Princeton University, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Williams College.


• President and CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, 1991–2004
• Visiting Scholar, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 1991
• President and CEO, Community Federal Savings, St. Louis, 1988–90
• Positions of increasing responsibility in banking, 1969–88


M.P.A., international relations, Princeton University
M.A., philosophy, University of Chicago
B.A., Williams College