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The Honorable John Koskinen, DUKE 1961, will be our February speaker. Brother Koskinen was initiated on May 10, 1958 at the Duke University’s Beta Lambda Chapter as a member of the Graduating Class of 1961.

As the 48th IRS commissioner, Brother Koskinen presided over the nation’s tax system, which collected approximately $2.4 trillion in tax revenue each year during his term. He managed an agency of about 90,000 employees and a budget of approximately $11 billion.

Prior to his IRS appointment, he served as the non-executive chairman of Freddie Mac from 2008 to 2012 and its acting chief executive officer in 2009. His career in public service includes:

  • President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation;
  • Deputy Mayor and City Administrator of Washington D.C.;
  • Assistant to the President and Chair of the President’s Council on Year 2000 Conversion (“Y2K Czar”);
  • Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget;
  • The Kerner Commission;
  • the New York Mayor’s Office;
  • and a top assistant to a US Senator

Brother Koskinen also spent 21 years in the private sector in various leadership positions with the Palmieri Company, including President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree from Duke, he holds a Law Degree from Yale University and studied International Law for one year in Cambridge, England. Brother Koskinen will discuss his experiences in a lifetime of Public Service and, with Tax Season coming upon us, some stories about his time at the Internal Revenue Service.


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