Staff

Chairman

Jason Furman

Members

Maurice Obstfeld
Betsey Stevenson

Chief of Staff and General Counsel

Jessica Schumer became Chief of Staff of the Council of Economic Advisers in August of 2013 and General Counsel in Spring of 2014. Before joining the Council, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor at the National Economic Council. Schumer, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.  

Director of Macroeconomic Forecasting

Steven Braun has been CEA's Director of Macroeconomic Forecasting since 1996. Prior to his current position, Dr. Braun was a senior economist at the Council, a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and an economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Director of Statistical Office

Adrienne Pilot has been CEA's Director of Statistical Office for five years. Previously, she worked in the Office of Statistical and Science Policy at the Office of Management and Budget and as a regional economist with the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Chief Economist

Jordan Matsudaira specializes in labor, education and immigration.  He received a BA from Union College, an MPP from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Michigan.  He is on leave from Cornell University, where he is an Assistant Professor.

Senior Economists

Jane Dokko specializes in housing, infrastructure, and consumer financial protection. She received a BA from Haverford College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. She is on leave from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where she is a Senior Economist in the Real Estate Finance section of the Division of Research and Statistics.

Matthew Fiedler specializes in health care. He received a BA from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. Previously, he worked on tax and budget policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Greg Leiserson specializes in tax and retirement policy. He received a BA from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He is on detail from the U.S. Treasury, where he is an Economist in the Office of Tax Analysis.

Joshua Linn specializes in energy and environmental policy. He received a BA from Yale University and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He is on leave from Resources for the Future, where he is a Senior Fellow.

Cindy Nickerson specializes in agriculture and resource policy. She received a BS in Accounting from Towson University, an MS from California State University, and an MS and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland. She is on leave from USDA’s Economic Research Service, where she is a Senior Economist in the Resource and Rural Economics Division.

Jennifer Poole specializes in international trade. She received a BA from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. She is on leave from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is an Assistant Professor.

Tim Simcoe specializes in innovation, technology and industrial organization. He received an AB from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (with an M.A. in Economics) from the University of California, Berkeley. He is on leave from Boston University, where he works as an Associate Professor in the School of Management.

Linda Tesar specializes in international macroeconomics. She received a BS and a BA from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester. She is on leave from the University of Michigan, where she is a Professor of economics, and she is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Abigail Wozniak specializes in labor market issues, including worker mobility, unemployment, training and education, and employer screening. She earned her AB from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. She is on leave from the University of Notre Dame, where she is an Associate Professor of economics.

Staff Economists and Policy Analysts

Zachary Brown
Martha Gimbel
Timothy Hyde
Noah Mann
Gabe Scheffler

Research Economists

Philip Lambrakos
Cordaye Ogletree
Krista Ruffini
Rudy Telles

Research Assistants

Lydia Cox
Harris Eppsteiner
Samuel Himel
Brian Moore
Emma Rackstraw
Susie Scanlan
David Wasser

Statistical Office

Brian Amorosi, Program Analyst
Wenfan Chen, Economic Statistician 

Finance and Operations

Anna Lee, Director of Finance and Administration
Doris Searles, Administrative and Information Management Specialist

Administration

Andrea Taverna, Deputy Staff Director and Special Assistant to the Chairman
Matthew Aks, Special Assistant to the Chairman and Research Economist
Natasha Lawrence, Coordinator of Special Projects and Special Assistant to the Member
Jeffrey Goldstein, Special Assistant to the Member