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 since 2007. 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

Matt Fiedler specializes in health care. Before entering his current position, Fiedler was a senior economist at CEA. He received a BA from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He worked previously at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Senior Economists

Kenneth Gillingham specializes in energy and environmental economics. He received an AB from Dartmouth College, an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Management Science & Engineering and Economics from Stanford University. He is on leave from Yale University, where he is an Assistant Professor, and he is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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.

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.

Katheryn Russ specializes in international macroeconomics. She received a BA from The College of William and Mary, an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. She is on leave from the University of California, Davis, where she is an Associate Professor of Economics, and she is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research

Rob Seamans specializes in innovation, technology and industrial organization. He received a BA from Reed College, an MBA from Yale School of Management, an MA in Economics from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He is on leave from New York University, where he works as an Associate Professor in the Stern School of Business.

Staff Economists and Policy Analysts

Martha Gimbel
Gabe Scheffler
Emily Weisburst

Research Economists

Lydia Cox
Harris Eppsteiner
Samuel Himel
Emma Rackstraw
Susie Scanlan
Jason Sockin

Research Assistants

Ayushi Narayan
William Weber
Samuel Young

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 Chief of Staff
Jeffrey Goldstein, Special Assistant to the Chairman
Katie Rodihan, Special Assistant to a Member