Leadership

EIG’s leadership is drawn from a wide array of backgrounds: policy experts, start-up founders, investors, and academics. What they share is a commitment to creating a more dynamic and innovative economy across America.

Economic Advisory Board

EIG’s Economic Advisory Board is comprised of internationally recognized experts from an array of prominent think tanks, academic institutions, and private sector organizations. They have advised top policymakers, presidential candidates, advocacy groups, labor unions, and business associations. In their role with EIG, these experts contribute ideas, author research, and provide research-driven advice to inform the organization's research agenda. Their affiliation should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any specific idea, and they may, of course, individually dissent on any issue.


  • Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow.  From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team.

    Bernstein’s areas of expertise include federal and state economic and fiscal policies, income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, international comparisons, and the analysis of financial and housing markets.

    Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

    Between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

    He is the author and coauthor of numerous books for both popular and academic audiences, including “Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?” and nine editions of “The State of Working America.”  Bernstein has published extensively in various venues, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Research in Economics and Statistics.  He is an on-air commentator for the cable stations CNBC and MSNBC, contributes to The New York Times Upshot blog and Washington Post’s PostEverything blog, and hosts jaredbernsteinblog.com.

    Bernstein holds a PhD in Social Welfare from Columbia University.


  • Steven J. Davis is Deputy Dean of the Faculty and William H. Abbott Professor of International Business and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, senior academic fellow with the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economics Research, economic adviser to the Congressional Budget Office, member of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Chicago.  His research interests include national economic performance, job loss and unemployment, hiring and wage behavior, and public policy. 

    Davis previously edited the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the leading scholarly journal in the field of macroeconomics.  Currently, he is a senior adviser to the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and a member of the advisory board of the Journal of Labour Market Research.  Davis has held positions at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National University of Singapore, and Charles River Associates, an economics consulting firm.

    Davis earned a bachelor's degree from Portland State University in 1980 and MA and PhD degrees in 1981 and 1986 from Brown University, all in economics. He is married to Akiko Davis and has four children.


  • Austan Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and an expert on business, government and the economy. Goolsbee also serves as a strategic partner to 32 Advisors, a global consulting and advisory firm.

    Goolsbee previously served as chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the cabinet as well as the chief economist for the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (chaired by Paul Volcker).

    Goolsbee is a former Fulbright Scholar and Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and he currently serves as a member of the Economic Advisory Panel to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

    Goolsbee earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics from Yale University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Dr. Adam Ozimek is the chief economist at Upwork, the largest freelancing website, where he leads research on labor market trends. Previously, he was a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics where he managed U.S. demographics forecasts and research. Prior to that, he was the Director of Research for Econsult Solutions, an economics consulting firm in Philadelphia. Ozimek, an expert in the functioning of labor markets, produces research in a broad array of economics fields including demographics, monetary policy and immigration. He has written for the Forbes Modeled Behavior blog and 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.

  • Kenneth Rogoff is Thomas D. Cabot Professor at Harvard University and former Chief Economist at the IMF.   His 2009 book with Carmen Reinhart, This Time is Different:  Eight Centuries of Financial Folly documents the remarkable quantitative similarities across time and countries in the run-up and the aftermath of severe financial crises. Rogoff is also known for his seminal work on exchange rates and on central bank independence.   His treatise Foundations of International Macroeconomics (joint with Maurice Obstfeld) is the standard graduate text in the field worldwide. His 2016 book The Curse of Cash explores the past, present, and future of currency, including the regulation of private digital currencies and the possibility of state-sponsored digital currencies. His monthly syndicated column on global economic issues is published in over 50 countries.

    Rogoff is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Group of Thirty. He is also an international grandmaster of chess.


  • Matthew J. Slaughter is the Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where in addition he is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the academic advisory board of the International Tax Policy Forum, and an academic advisor to the McKinsey Global Institute.
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