Dr. Richard Fink founded the Mercatus Center in 1977 at Rutgers University. The center, then known as the Center for the Study of Market Processes, came to George Mason University in 1980 with Dr. Fink when he joined the Mason faculty. Dr. Fink later served as the executive vice president of advancement and planning at Mason, and served two terms on Mason’s Board of Visitors.
Dr. Fink later served as executive vice president of Koch Companies Public Sector until retiring in 2016. He is currently vice chairman of the board of directors of the Charles Koch Foundation and the Charles Koch Institute, chairman of Stand Together, and director of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation.
Dr. Fink holds a BA from Rutgers University, an MA from University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in economics from New York University.