David M. Walker
David M. Walker is the founder, president, and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI). In this capacity he leads CAI's efforts to promote fiscal responsibility and sustainability by engaging the public and assisting key policymakers on a nonpartisan basis to help achieve solutions to America’s federal, state, and local fiscal imbalances.
Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the first president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Previously, Walker served as the seventh comptroller general of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for 10 years (1998-2008). This was one of Walker's three presidential appointments, each by different presidents, during his 15 years of federal service. Walker also has more than 20 years of private-sector experience, including approximately 10 years as a partner and global managing director of Human Capital Services for Arthur Andersen LLP.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities at CAI, Walker serves as chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee, as a member of the boards for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Partnership for Public Service, and as a member of advisory committees for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Peterson Foundation, and Toffler Associates. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.
Walker has authored three books, the latest entitled Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility (2010). He is a frequent writer and commentator, and is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A.