Gita Gopinath is a Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University, and has been named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the International Monetary Fund. Her expertise is in International Finance and Macroeconomics. Gopinath is co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve bank of Boston, member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala state (India), a co-editor at the American Economic Review, co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies.
Janelle Jones is an Economic Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Her research focuses on labor market topics around race, ethnicity, and the economy. She was previously a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, where she worked on unemployment, job quality, the economics of racial inequality, and unions. Her research has been cited in the New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, and Harper’s.
Raj Date was the first Deputy Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he helped guide the bureau’s early strategic, operational, and policy initiatives. Prior to being appointed Deputy Director, he acted as the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury.
Date began his career in banking, and was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Securities before founding a nonprofit think tank to research the regulation of financial firms.
Rosanna Garcia is an Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is an expert on entrepreneurial marketing, sustainability in innovation and the diffusion of innovations in a reluctant marketplace. Garcia is also a Chancellor’s Faculty of Excellence in Innovation + Design where she helps develop technologies from student ideas and faculty research that relate to environmental sustainability. Outside of academia, she serves on the board of several start-ups. Garcia can be heard presenting her research on sustainability at Northeastern University, here.
Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina State University
Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurial Marketing, Sustainability in Innovation, Diffusion of Innovations In a Reluctant Marketplace
Amy Liu serves as vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground.
As senior fellow and co-director of the Metro Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, and Phoenix.
Liu also has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. She co-authored “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up,” outlining a model for states to support bottom-up regional innovation and put this into practice when she worked with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders to develop the New York Regional Economic Development Councils process, a pioneering model for regionalizing state economic development and incentivizing bottom-up innovation.
At the federal level, in 2013 Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data.
Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution
Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, Exports and Trade, State and Metropolitan Policies, Social Equity, Post-Disaster Recovery
If you’ve been following our features, you’ll have noticed that we’ve had NPR journalists on different beats – politics, science, arts – guest edit Source of the Week. This week, we have two producers from NPR Newscast, Robert Garcia and Dave Pignanelli, taking over the guest editing reins.
In light of the recent volatility in global markets, Dave recommended a source that could speak on this issue:
“Dr. Sung Won Sohn is an economist who specializes in the global economy – China in particular. What’s great about Dr. Sohn is that he doesn’t speak in jargon. He is excellent at putting business and economic news into context. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Markets consistently rank him among the top economic forecasters in the U.S.”
“Dr. Margaret Simms is a policy expert who works for the Urban Institute. She is renowned for her expertise on the economic well-being of African Americans, and has been featured on Marketplace and Tell Me More. She is the kind of expert who can give us a deeper understanding into the character of urban communities and how they are affected by violence and by lack of economic opportunity. Of course, she can’t speak directly to the law enforcement aspects, that’s not her area of expertise, but I would recommend Dr. Simms for the ‘2nd and 3rd’ day stories – once we’ve gotten past the headlines and are able to take a deeper dive into underlying aspects of the challenges facing America’s urban areas.”
This week, Investigations Digital Editor Alicia Cypress spoke to her colleague Joe Shapiro for a source who could speak on disability issues:
Kathy Martinez is senior vice president of Disability Market Segment & Strategy for Wells Fargo.
As former assistant secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) for the U.S. Department of Labor, she led ODEP in putting policy priorities into practice through several innovative grant programs. Martinez speaks and publishes on a wide array of topics related to disability employment, including the emergence of disability as an essential component of workplace diversity.