We Almost Lost Detroit: a Hopeful Tale About Cars, Crises, Cities, and America


c/o Joe Ciardiello for Time

Ron Bloom ’77 – Obama’s “Auto Czar” and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World – will come to campus on Wednesday, April 8 to discuss lessons learned in his career in politics and finance, particularly in the auto industry bailout and in addressing the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy.

After graduating from Wesleyan with a BA in history in 1977, Bloom received an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1985. After working as the assistant to the president for United Steelworkers, he was appointed by President Obama be the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the President’s Task Force on the Automotive Industry. In this role, he presided over the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler as the government attempted to bail out both companies. Bloom is currently vice chairman of U.S. Investment Banking at Lazard where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, restricting, and infrastructure.

The lecture will be held at 7:30 PM in PAC 001. There will also be an informal reception at 4:30 PM in the Woodhead Lounge; email Allbritton Center director Rob Rosenthal to attend.

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