I am an economist in the Washington, DC area. I currently speak, write, and consult about economic, budget, and financial issues.
From 2002 to early 2009, I served in various senior positions in the White House and Congress including:
- Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA)
- Acting Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
- Executive Director of Congress’s Joint Economic Committee (JEC)
In short, I’ve been blessed to serve at some of the best acronyms in government.
Before my government service, I had a varied career as a professor, consultant, and entrepreneur. In the mid-1990s, I taught economics and finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. I then spent about a year-and-a-half managing large antitrust cases (e.g., Pepsi vs. Coke) at Charles River Associates in Washington, DC. After that, I took the plunge into the world of new ventures, serving as Chief Financial Officer of a health care software start-up in Austin, TX. After that fascinating experience, I started my career in public service.
I received my Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and my B.A. in Mathematics a couple miles down the road at Harvard.