Kevin Hassett

Hassett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 12th and sworn in as the 29th Chairman on September 13, 2017.

Prior to becoming Chairman of the CEA, he was an economist at the American Enterprise Institute since 1997. His most recent titles at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) included James Q. Wilson Chair in American Culture and Politics and Director of Research for Domestic Policy. He also served as Director of Economic Policy Studies and Resident Scholar from 2003 through 2014.

Prior to joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business of Columbia University. He has also served as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School, as a consultant to the U.S. Treasury Department, and as an advisor to presidential campaigns. A noted expert in the field of public finance, Hassett has authored peer-reviewed articles in leading economics journals and has served as a columnist in leading media outlets. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Tomas Philipson

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 PhD in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Burkhauser

Burkhauser is Emeritus Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Prior to coming to Cornell, he held tenured Professor positions in the Department of Economics at Syracuse University and at Vanderbilt University.  Most recently before joining the CEA he was a Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  A former President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Burkhauser’s professional career has focused on how public policies affect the economic behavior and well-being of vulnerable populations. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals of economics and policy analysis. Burkhauser holds degrees in economics from St. Vincent College (BA), Rutgers University (MA) and the University of Chicago (PhD).

Chief Economists

Timothy Fitzgerald, Chief International Economist, specializes in natural resource and energy economics. He received an AB from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He is on leave from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, where he is an Associate Professor.

Marianne Wanamaker, Chief Domestic Economist, specializes in labor-markets, immigration, and human capital development. She holds a PhD in economics from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Vanderbilt University. She is on leave from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, where she is an Associate Professor.

Senior Economists

Michael Adjemian specializes in agricultural and trade economics. He received a BS from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis. He is on detail from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

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.

Kevin Corinth 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.

Naomi Feldman specializes in tax policy. She received her BS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan. She is on detail from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Tyler Goodspeed specializes in monetary economics, macroeconomics, and tax policy.  He received an AB, AM, and PhD from Harvard University, and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.  Prior to joining the Council, he was on the faculties of the University of Oxford and King’s College London.

Anna Scherbina specializes 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.

Paula Worthington specializes in the economics and finances of state and local governments. She received an AB from Cornell University in economics and MA and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Northwestern University. She is on leave from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Joel Zinberg, MD, FACS, specializes 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.

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.