Maureen Steinbruner was born on April 16, 1941 in San Francisco, California. Her mother was a California native and her father immigrated from Ireland. She attended Stanford, majoring in journalism, then became interested in the public policy curriculum at the Kennedy School in Boston. She got to know Muskie through the Center for National Policy and was acting Vice president while Muskie was acting president. She later became president of the Center.
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Nicoll, Don, "Steinbruner, Maureen oral history interview" (2000). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. Paper 373.