Politics & Government

Bowles will moderate conversation on Washington dysfunction

Charlotte business executive Erskine Bowles, 69, who will moderate Thursday night’s conversation, has a stellar résumé.

Some highlights:

• Co-chaired the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in 2010 with former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming. The bipartisan duo – Bowles is a Democrat, Simpson a Republican – have become the country’s leading advocates for reducing the federal budget deficit.

• Served as White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton (1997-98). He dealt with budget negotiations between the White House and Congress, including those that led to the first balanced federal budget in years.

• Was president of the University of North Carolina system (2005-2010).

• Ran twice as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in North Carolina (2002, 2004).

• Led the U.S. Small Business Administration (1993-94) in the early years of the Clinton administration.