Our Economic Advisors

Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Douglas Holtz-EakinDouglas Holtz-Eakin has a distinguished record as an academic, policy adviser, and strategist. Currently he is the President of the American Action Forum and most recently was a Commissioner on the Congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Since 2001, he has served in a variety of important policy positions. During 2001-2002, he was the Chief Economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (where he had also served during 1989-1990 as a Senior Staff Economist). At CEA he helped to formulate policies addressing the 2000-2001 recession and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. From 2003-2005 he was the 6th Director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which provides budgetary and policy analysis to the U.S. Congress. During his tenure, CBO assisted Congress as they addressed numerous policies — notably the 2003 tax cuts (JGTRRA), the Medicare prescription drug bill (MMA), and Social Security reform. During 2007 and 2008 he was Director of Domestic and Economic Policy for the John McCain presidential campaign. Following the 2008 election Dr. Holtz-Eakin was the President of DHE Consulting, an economic and policy consulting firm providing insight and research to a broad cross-section of clients.

Dr. Holtz-Eakin has held positions in several Washington-based think tanks. He was Senior Fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics (2007-2008), and the Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (2006). He has also been a visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, and American Family Business Foundation.

Dr. Holtz-Eakin built an international reputation as a scholar doing research in areas of applied economic policy, econometric methods, and entrepreneurship. He began his career at Columbia University in 1985 and moved to Syracuse University from 1990 to 2001. At Syracuse, he became Trustee Professor of Economics at the Maxwell School, Chairman of the Department of Economics and Associate Director of the Center for Policy Research.

Dr. Holtz-Eakin serves on the Boards of the Tax Foundation, National Economists Club, and the Research Advisory Board of the Center for Economic Development.

Laura Tyson

Laura TysonLaura D’Andrea Tyson is a Professor at the Haas School of Business, at the University of California Berkeley. She served as Dean of London Business School from 2002-2006, and as Dean of the Berkeley Haas School of Business from 1998-2001.

Tyson is a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board. From 2011-2013, Tyson served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Council of Jobs and Competitiveness and from 2009 – 2011, she was member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served in the Clinton Administration and was the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and the President’s National Economic Adviser (1995 – 1996).

Tyson is currently a Senior Advisor at the McKinsey Global Institute, Credit Suisse Research Institute, and The Rock Creek Group. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and is on the Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution Hamilton Project. She is an advisory board member of Pave, Inc., Newman’s Own, Generation Investment Management, H&Q Asia Pacific, and Tykoon. Tyson is the chair of the Board of Trustees for the Blum Center for Development Economies, Jacobs Foundation, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. She is an Advisor to the Alliance for Competitive Taxation and Samsung SDS. She is a Special Advisor at the Berkeley Research Group and is a Commissioner at the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget. Tyson is also a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation and the Henry Jackson Initiative Task Force for Inclusive Capitalism. She serves on the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy and is a member of its Innovation Policy Forum. She is also a member of Nicolas Berggruen’s Think Long Committee for California and 21st Century Council. Tyson is the co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Women’s Empowerment. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Morgan Stanley, AT&T, CBRE Group Inc., and Silver Spring Networks.

Tyson has written books and articles on industrial competitiveness and trade. She has also written opinion columns for many publications including BusinessWeek, The New York Times and the Financial Times and she has made numerous television appearances on economic issues. She is on the editorial board of the International Economy. She contributes to the New York Times Economix blog, Project Syndicate and the Financial Times A-list.