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.
David Balan specializes in industrial organization, technology, and health. He received a BA from Binghamton University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is on detail from the Federal Trade Commission, where he works as an Economist in the Bureau of Economics.
Marco Cagetti specializes in macroeconomics and finance. He received a BA from Bocconi University in Milan and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He is on leave from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where he is a Senior Economist in the Flow of Funds section of the Division of Research and Statistics. Before joining the Federal Reserve, he was an assistant professor in the department of economics at the University of Virginia.
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.
Tracy Gordon specializes in tax and budget policy. She received a BA from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a concurrent Master’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining CEA, she was a Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, and an affiliate at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
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.
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.
Ron Shadbegian specializes in energy and environmental policy. He received a BA in Economics from Assumption College and a MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Clark University. He is on detail from the US EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics, where he is the Lead Cost Economist. Ron is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Department of Economics and Public Policy Institute.
Kenneth Swinnerton specializes in international trade. He received a BA and BS from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA and a Ph.D in Economics from Georgetown University. He is on detail from the Department of Labor, where he is the Chief of Economic and Labor Research in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs.
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
Andrea Taverna, Special Assistant to the Chairman
Matthew Aks, Special Assistant to the Chairman and Research Economist
Natasha Lawrence, Special Assistant to the Members