Equitable Growth CEO to depart for role with new administration

Boushey will serve as a member of the President-elect’s Council of Economic Advisers

November 30, 2020
Elena Waskey, 410-598-7532

WASHINGTON—The Washington Center for Equitable Growth today announced that President and CEO Heather Boushey will accept an appointment as a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers.

“I greatly look forward to working under the direction of future CEA Chair Cecilia Rouse and in partnership with Jared Bernstein as the other member of this critical council,” Boushey said. “While I will be leaving my position as President and CEO of Equitable Growth, the organization will continue to be a hub for scholars and policy thinkers who wish to develop and build out a new economic vision.”

Boushey has led the organization since its launch in 2013 and served as an adviser to President-elect Biden’s campaign. In 2016, she served as chief economist for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential transition team. Prior to founding the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Boushey was an economist at the Center for American Progress and has also held roles with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute. 

While at Equitable Growth, Boushey authored two books, Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict, and most recently Unbound: How Economic Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It. She also co-edited Recession Ready: Fiscal Policies to Stabilize the American Economy and After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality.

“Since its founding, Equitable Growth’s mission has been to change the way scholars and the policymaking community understand how economic inequality affects economic growth and stability,” said Vice President Casey Schoeneberger. “We’ve intentionally built an organization able to weather transformations. We will continue to execute on our institutional strategy to achieve that mission. We wish Heather all the best as she assumes a new role within the federal government and are proud to see President-elect Biden assemble a team of advisers who understand the role economic inequality plays in constricting widely shared growth.”

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth has retained a national executive search firm to assist with the recruitment of its next CEO.

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.

November 30, 2020

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