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Hampshire Alum Heather Boushey 88F Serves as Key Member of Biden Economic Team

Economist and Hampshire alum Heather Boushey 88F currently serves as a key member of President Joe Biden's Council of Economic Advisers.

Heather Boushey
Heather Boushey photo by Mark Silva

Economist and Hampshire alum Heather Boushey 88F currently serves as a key member of President Joe Biden's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), a group tasked with advising the president on economic policy. Boushey joined the CEA at the beginning of Biden’s term in January 2021.

Boushey is co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, where she served as president and CEO from 2013-2020 before joining the Biden team. Boushey also previously served as an economist for the Center for American Progress, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute.

Boushey’s economic work examines how extreme wealth inequality threatens both the market and democracy. She has twice been named one of the top 50 “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics,” by Politico, and her most recent book, Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It, was named one of the best economics books of 2019 by Financial Times.

Boushey received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research.

Read the New York Times article, “A Gen X Adviser to Biden Argues Equality is Good for Growth:

View Boushey in this MSNBC clip from May 2, 2021:
 

 

 

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