Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Jason Furman, Chair, Council of Economic Advisers
Kalpana Kochhar, World Bank Chief Economist for South Asia
Claudia Sahm, Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Dorian Warren, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Columbia University
Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress (moderator)
Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Her research focuses on economic inequality and public policy, specifically employment, social policy, and family economic well-being. The New York Times has called Boushey one of the “most vibrant voices in the field” and she testifies often before Congress on economic policy issues. Her research has been published in academic journals, she writes regularly for popular media, including The New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” The Atlantic, and Democracy, and she makes frequent television appearances on Bloomberg, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS. Boushey previously served as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College.
Jason Furman is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Furman was previously the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), where he served as President Obama’s chief economist and a member of the cabinet. Prior to this, Furman served as the principal deputy director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president. Furman was economic policy director for the president’s campaign in 2008 and a member of the Presidential Transition Team. He worked at both the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council during the Clinton administration and also at the World Bank. He was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and also has served in visiting positions at various universities, including NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy.
Kalpana Kochhar was appointed the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) in 2010. She describes her goals as: (i) to bring the best and most relevant development knowledge to bear on development issues facing South Asia; (ii) to lead the development of the South Asia Region's Strategy; (iii) to ensure the quality and relevance of economic and sector non-lending services in SAR. Ms. Kochhar brings two decades of experience to her coverage of countries from India all the way to Australia and New Zealand and she held various management and research positions at the International Monetary Fund for Bhutan, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka prior to joining the Bank. A national of India, Ms. Kochhar’s holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Brown University and a M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in India. She has a B.A in Economics from Madras University in India. Her research interests and publications have mainly focused on studies of Asian economies, including India and China. Most recently, her research has focused on issues related to India’s growth, financial, and fiscal policies.
Claudia Sahm is an Economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.
Dorian T. Warren specializes in the study of inequality and American politics. He teaches and conducts research on labor organizing and politics, race and ethnic politics, urban politics and policy, American political development, community organizing and social movements, and social science methodology. Prior to coming to Columbia, Professor Warren spent two years as a visiting scholar at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and spent 2008-2009 as a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.
Dorian Warren, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia University, argues that policymakers have better tools for tackling economic inequality and policy divisions such as climate change.