Acting Chairman

Tomas Philipson

Philipson serves as Acting Chairman and Vice Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.  Philipson is on leave as the Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Director of the Health Economics Program of the Becker Friedman Institute at the University.  His research focuses on health economics. He has published peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals and has twice won the highest honor of the field of health economics, the Kenneth Arrow Award of International Health Economics Association. He has also held senior positions at the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In addition, he has served on the Key indicator Commission created by the Affordable Care Act, as an advisor to Congress on the 21st Century Cures legislation, and on the steering committee of the Cancer Moon Shot Initiative. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Uppsala University in Sweden and his MA and PhD from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania.

Members and Chief Economists

Tyler Goodspeed

Dr. Tyler Beck Goodspeed is a Member on the Council of Economic Advisers where he previously served as Chief Economist for Macroeconomic Policy. Prior to joining CEA, he was on the Faculty of Economics at the University of Oxford and served as a Lecturer in Economics at King’s College London.  He has published extensively on the economic history of money and banking, with particular attention to the role of access to credit in mitigating the effects of adverse aggregate shocks and to the effective use of extended and contingent liability in banking.  Dr. Goodspeed received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, and M.Phil from the University of Cambridge.

Donald Kenkel, Chief Economist, specializes in health economics and cost-benefit analysis. Most recently, he served as a Senior Economist at CEA.  He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is on leave from Cornell University, where he is the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management.

Kevin Corinth, Chief Economist for Domestic Policy, specializes in poverty and housing issues. He received a B.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

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 OECD. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Chief of Staff

DJ Nordquist comes to CEA from at the Brookings Institution where she was Chief of Staff for the Economic Studies program. She also served in senior roles at HUD, the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding, the FDIC, and the U.S. Department of Education. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an MSJ from Northwestern University.

Senior Economists

Joseph Balagtas is a Senior Economist at CEA focusing on agriculture and trade. He is on leave from Purdue University, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis, an M.S. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University, and a B.A. in economics from Miami University.

Andre Barbe is a Senior Economist at CEA where he focuses on trade. Andre received his BA in math and economics from Tulane and PhD from Rice.

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Galui is a Senior Economist on detail from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he served as an Assistant Professor of Economics and Strategy.  Prior to West Point, Jason served on the National Security Council as Chief of Staff, South Asia Affairs; Deputy Executive Secretary; and Special Advisor to the National Security Advisor.  He also served in the Pentagon as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff focused on the Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan-Pakistan regions as well as on matters related to keeping faith with military families.  At CEA, Jason concentrates on issues at the intersection of economics and national security.

Brett Matsumoto is a Senior Economist working on labor and health issues. He is on detail from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where he does research related to the measurement of medical prices in the Consumer and Producer Price Indexes. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Delaware.

Stephen T. Parente, Senior Economist, is a professor in the Carlson School’s Department of Finance and holds the Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance. He specializes in health economics, information technology, and health insurance. His latest publication is The Economics of US Health Policy.  He recently served as Senior Adviser for Health Economics to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Steve received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University and his B.A., M.P.H as well as an M.S. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Rochester.  In Washington, D.C., he has served as the Governing Chair of the Health Care Cost Institute, Vice Chair of Academy Health as well as adjunct Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, The Hoover Institution and American Enterprise Institute.

Anna Scherbina is a Senior Economist specializing in behavioral finance, empirical asset pricing, and real estate. She holds a PhD in finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and BA from New York University.

Jeremy Weber is a Senior Economist focusing on energy and environmental issues. He is on leave from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later worked at the World Bank and the U.S. Federal government before joining the University of Pittsburgh where he teaches courses on energy and environmental policy and directs the Shale Gas Governance Center.

Anna Wong is a Senior Economist on detail from Federal Reserve Board, where she worked in the Division of International of Finance.  Her research is focused on international capital flows and trade.  Prior to joining the Fed, she was Deputy Director of the Office of International Economic Analysis at US treasury, and before that, worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  She received her PhD in Economics from University of Chicago, and BA in economics and statistics from UC Berkeley.

Joel Zinberg, MD, FACS, is CEA’s General Counsel and Senior Economist, specializing in health care reform and the impact of law on the practice of medicine. He is also a practicing surgeon specializing in general surgery and surgical oncology at The Mount Sinai Hospital and is an associate clinical professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He has a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.D. from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.