Equitable Growth announces Shayna Strom as new president and CEO

Contact: Elena Waskey, ewaskey@equitablegrowth.org

WASHINGTON—The Washington Center for Equitable Growth Board of Directors today announced that Shayna Strom has been named its new president and CEO. Strom had been serving as the organization’s interim president and CEO since September 2022.

“I believe deeply in Equitable Growth’s mission to advance evidence-backed ideas and policies on how rising inequality affects economic growth and stability,” Strom said. “I have felt lucky to work with Equitable Growth’s amazing staff over the past few months and am excited to accept the permanent position as president and CEO and lead this organization into its next chapter.”

“I can think of no one better positioned to run the Washington Center for Equitable Growth at this critical moment than Shayna Strom,” said Equitable Growth board chair Steve Daetz. “Her decades of experience working in government, philanthropy, academia, and nonprofits, combined with her intellect and leadership skills, make her uniquely equipped to run the organization. I look forward to this new era at Equitable Growth under Shayna’s capable hands.”

“As the economy continues to recover from the pandemic, it is essential that policymakers make long-overdue investments in workers, children, and families,” said Hilary Hoynes, professor of public policy and economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and Equitable Growth Steering Committee member. “The research shows those investments will have a positive long-term effect on the macroeconomy, leading to broadly shared growth. Equitable Growth plays a key role in getting that research into the right hands, and Shayna is well-suited to bring that economic evidence to bear.”

“When we created Equitable Growth in 2013, we set out to bridge the worlds of academia and policymaking in Washington, to show how rising inequality affects economic growth,” said Alan Blinder, professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, and Equitable Growth Steering Committee member. “That mission remains as relevant as ever, and Shayna has the intellect and experience needed to lead one of the most influential economic think tanks in Washington.”

Prior to Equitable Growth, Strom served on the Biden-Harris transition team and was the chief deputy national political director at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she helped launch a 75-person department focused on policy, issue campaigns, and grassroots organizing.  

Strom held several roles within the Obama-Biden administration, including as an adviser to the head of the White House Office of Management and Budget and as chief of staff and senior counselor at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where she negotiated the policy and politics of many of President Barack Obama’s high-profile regulations.  Strom has also taught at Johns Hopkins University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. Her full bio is available here.

Strom takes the helm as president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth effective today.


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. For more information, see www.equitablegrowth.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @equitablegrowth.

January 10, 2023


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