Rebecca M. Blank became the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July 2013. She is tenured at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Economics.
An expert in social policy and poverty issues, Blank spent four years in top positions of the U.S. Department of Commerce prior to becoming Chancellor, including service as Commerce's Deputy Secretary and (for more than a year) as Acting Secretary.
From 1999 to 2008, Blank served as Dean and Professor of public policy and economics in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She was also a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank, before joining the Department of Commerce.
She was a member of the faculty of Northwestern University and Princeton University. From 1997 to 1999, she was a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
Blank holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — both in economics.