Kingston, RI — December 1, 2020 — Cecilia Elena Rouse, a
member of the University of Rhode Island Board of Trustees and dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs,
is the presumptive nominee for chair of President-elect Joe Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she will be the first African American and
just the fourth woman to lead the council in the 74 years of its existence.
economy. Since the public health crisis began, Rouse has been a strong advocate
for providing economic relief to those most affected by the virus.
that everyone is able to partake in the growth we hope to have,” Rouse said.
“To that end, I am honored to have a chance to return to public service to help
lead that charge.”
House as a member of President
Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. From 1998 to 1999, she
worked at the National Economic Council in the Clinton administration as a
special assistant to the president. Rouse’s academic interests focus on the
economics of education. She joined Princeton University in 1992 and is the
Katzman-Ernst Professor in Economics
and Education and professor of economics and public affairs as well as the
founding director of the Princeton Education
Research Section. She is the second-longest serving dean in its
School of Public and International Affairs recent history.
as well as a senior editor of The Future of Children, a policy journal
published by the public and international affairs school and the Brookings
Institution, and a member of the editorial board of the American Economic
Journal: Economic Policy. Rouse also serves on the boards of the Council of
Foreign Relations, the University of Rhode Island, the
Pennington School, the National Bureau of Economic Research,
and is an independent director of the T. Rowe Price Funds. She received her
bachelor’s degree and Ph.D., both in economics, from Harvard University. The
Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the Executive Office of the
President, is charged with offering the president objective economic advice on
the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy.
Heather Boushey. Bernstein served as chief economist to then-Vice President
Biden in the Obama Administration before joining the Center on Budget and
Policy Priorities, where he has served as a senior fellow since 2011. Boushey
is a long-time economic counselor to President-elect Biden and currently serves
as president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a nonprofit
research and grantmaking organization she co-founded in 2013.