Washington, D.C. — The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) today announced that Adam Ozimek, PhD., has joined the organization as its first Chief Economist. Ozimek is a labor economist with expertise across a variety of fields, including demographics, remote work, and immigration. In this new role, he will serve on EIG’s senior leadership team and spearhead a growing body of research initiatives for the organization.
“We are delighted and honored that Adam Ozimek has joined our team as Chief Economist. He has been a valued advisor to EIG for years, and we have seen first-hand his passion for our work on behalf of American workers, entrepreneurs, and communities,” said EIG President and Chief Executive Officer John Lettieri. “Adam brings a wealth of expertise on a range of critical issues that will make EIG an even stronger resource to policymakers and reinforce our position at the forefront of the debate over the future of the U.S. economy.”
“The country is facing a historic opportunity to reset as it emerges from a prolonged period of pandemic-induced economic upheaval and now grapples with new challenges that are disrupting the lives of everyday Americans,” said Ozimek. “I strongly believe that meeting this moment requires a policy agenda designed to rekindle the dynamism of our economy. No organization is more committed to the cause of economic dynamism and broad-based prosperity for all American workers and communities than EIG. I am honored to join the organization as Chief Economist and look forward to helping EIG continue to expand its reach as one of the most exciting voices in the national policy debate.”
Ozimek joins several new hires across the organization’s research and policy teams this year, including Joanne Kim as Research and Policy Analyst, previously a researcher at the Brookings Metropolitan Studies Program; Connor O’Brien, Research and Policy Associate, a former economic analyst at AECOM; and Sean Ruddy, Policy Associate, previously with the Bipartisan Policy Center. EIG recently expanded its senior leadership with the additions of Jennifer “DJ” Nordquist as Executive Vice President and Scott Shewcraft as Vice President of Policy in 2021.
Ozimek most recently served as the Chief Economist at Upwork, the world’s largest online freelancing platform, where he conducted pathbreaking research on trends in remote work and other labor market issues. Previously, he was a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics where he managed U.S. demographics forecasts and research. His research has been cited in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Ozimek holds a PhD in economics from Temple University. He is also the co-owner of Decades, an arcade, bowling alley, and restaurant in his hometown of Lancaster, PA.
Ozimek has been an active member of EIG’s Economic Advisory Board since November 2019 and contributed to EIG’s influential work on small business relief during the first year of the pandemic. He was also lead author of EIG’s widely cited 2019 report, “From Managing Decline to Building the Future” introducing the Heartland Visa policy.
About the Economic Innovation Group (EIG)
The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is a bipartisan public policy organization dedicated to forging a more dynamic and inclusive American economy. Headquartered in Washington, DC, EIG produces nationally-recognized research and works with policymakers to develop ideas that empower workers, entrepreneurs, and communities. For more information, visit eig.org.