A Distinguished History
The Committee for Economic Development was founded in 1942 during World War II by a group of business leaders who were concerned about the future of the global economy.

CED’s work in those first few years led to great policy accomplishments, including the Bretton Woods Agreement, establishing both the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and the Marshall Plan, the economic development program that helped rebuild Europe. In recent decades, CED has made significant contributions across its portfolio, including increasing access to pre-kindergarten and college, advancing campaign finance reform nationwide, placing more women in corporate leadership, and reducing government spending.

Today, CED continues to have an impact through its trusted research and advocacy. Comprised of the nation’s leading business executives, CED lends its voice and expertise to pressing economic and educational issues.

Together with CED, Members work to:

  • Improve the nation’s fiscal health
  • Transform healthcare
  • Sustain and promote free enterprise
  • Enhance corporate governance
  • Reform campaign finance
  • Strengthen education

CED’s membership structure offers business leaders an opportunity to impact public policy in numerous areas and through multiple platforms, including: formulating policies that are derived from rigorous research; briefing lawmakers about the need for sound policies; and raising issue awareness by participating in events and media interviews across the U.S.