Gita Gopinath

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.

Gita Gopinath

Professor, Economics and International Finance

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Economic Policy, International Finance, Pricing and Inflation, Currency Exchange

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Phone: (781) 325-2025


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Tony Villamil

Tony Villamil is founder and principal of the Washington Economics Group (WEG), a Florida-based economic consulting practice. His areas of expertise include the economy of Florida, U.S. economic policy and Latin American and Caribbean economies.

Villamil is on the Board of Directors of the Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), Mercantil Commercebank, NA, and Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG). He was most recently appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve in the Florida District Export Council. Villamil was U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President George H. W. Bush.

Villamil served as the founding Dean of the School of Business of St. Thomas University until 2013. He is currently Chairman of the Economic Roundtable of the Beacon Council-Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization. He is also Senior Fellow and a member of the Research Advisory Council of the James Madison Institute (JMI).

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Founder and Principal of the Washington Economics Group (WEG)

Areas of Expertise: Economy of Florida, Latin American and Caribbean Economies, U.S. Economic Policy

Location: Coral Gables, FL

Contact Information:

Phone: (305) 588-2202 (Cell) ; (305) 461-3811 (Office)
Twitter: @TonyVillamil

Heard at the 2015 Associated Industries of Florida Annual Conference: Tony Villamil Discusses Florida’s Positive Outlook

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Last Verified: September 2015

Sung Won Sohn

Sung Won Sohn teaches economics and directs the Institute of Global Economic Research (IGER) at California State University Channel Islands. His research includes the international economy, especially Pacific-Rim countries. He is also an expert on China’s economy impact and its impact on the global economy.

Before joining the faculty and California State University Channel Islands, Sohn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles. He has also been an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Banks. Sohn was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets.

Sohn has gained a reputation for being one of the most accurate economists in the United States. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Blue Chip publications have all ranked him on their lists of accurate economists in the past.

He currently serves on the boards of Forever 21, Western Alliance Bancorporation and Claremont Graduate University.

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Smith Professor of Economics at California State University Channel Islands

Areas of Expertise: International Economics (Especially the Pacific-Rim Countries), China’s Impact on the Global Economy

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:

Phone: (213) 247 5012

Heard on NPR All Things Considered: Hong Kong Protests Could Make Beijing Choose Between Prosperity, Control

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Last Verified: August 2015


Sudeep Reddy

Sudeep Reddy is an economics editor in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Bureau, where he directs coverage of U.S. and international economics and economic policy. He joined the Journal as a reporter in 2007, writing extensively about the global financial crisis, the U.S. recession and their aftermath. He has covered economic policy across the White House, Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund and World Bank, along with the international gatherings of the G-7, G-8 and G-20 members.

Reddy received an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for coverage of the economy and Federal Reserve on’s Real Time Economics blog, and was the recipient of the national print media award from the National Association of Consumer Advocates for stories about credit scoring.

He is a regular guest on radio and television programs to discuss economic news. He has appeared on APM’s Marketplace, PBS NewsHour and on NPR’s Tell Me More.

Economics Editor at The Wall Street Journal

Areas of Expertise: U.S. and International Economics, Economic Policy, Business & Politics, Energy Industry, Global Finance

Location: Washington, DC

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Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.

Tell Me More: Is A Government Shutdown Good For Anyone?

Imara Jones

Imara Jones is the economics contributor to Colorlines Magazine and a former aide to President Bill Clinton, where he worked on international economic policy.

Jones provides insightful economic commentary through the prism of race, culture, gender and sexual orientation. In addition to being featured in The Guardian, BBC, Salon, The Nation and The Root, he is a frequent media guest who has appeared on PBS’ Democracy Now!, MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris Perry Show and on WNYC’s The Takeaway.

Economics Contributor,

Areas of Expertise: Economics, International Economics, Political Science, Policy, Race/Culture/Politics and Economics

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
(646) 784-0427
Twitter: @imarajones

Heard on WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show: For a full list, click here.

Last-Minute Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown: What It Means for US Credibility

Jones on PBS’s Democracy Now!: For a full list, click here.

“>Sequestration: What Do Automatic Spending Cuts Mean for the Poor, Unemployed and Children?

Lisa Cook

Lisa D. Cook is an associate professor in the Department of Economics and in International Relations at Michigan State University. She was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.  She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to this appointment and while on faculty at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she was also Deputy Director for Africa Research and Programs at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, was Managing Editor of the Harvard University-World Economic Forum Africa Competitiveness Report, and contributed to the Making Markets Work program at Harvard Business School.

Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, economic history, innovation, and financial institutions and markets. Cook is the author of a number of published articles, book chapters, and working papers. With former colleague and co-author Jeffrey Sachs, she advised the governments of Nigeria and Rwanda, and, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, she was Senior Adviser on Finance and Development at the Treasury Department from 2000 to 2001.

From November 2008 to January 2009, Dr. Cook was on the Obama Presidential Transition Team and led the review of the World Bank and International Affairs division of the Treasury Department.  During the 2011-2012 academic year, she was on leave at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Associate Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise: Economic Growth and Development, Innovation, Economics, Microeconomics, Deficit, International Markets, Finance, Property Rights, Financial Institutions and Crises

Location: East Lansing, MI

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Twitter: @drlisadcook

Cook speaks to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: