Heather Boushey Joins Council of Economic Advisers: Barriers “Leave Too Many Americans Outside the Dream Looking In”

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Heather Boushey took the stage on Tuesday, Dec. 1—alongside President and Vice President-Elects Joe Biden and Kamala Harris—as a newly appointed member of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). Boushey accepted her nomination with a reflective speech on what she learned as the daughter of a laid off union worker:

“I was struck by the profound power this mysterious force [the economy] held over my life, my friends and my community, and I wondered if that power couldn’t also be wielded to create happier conversations and fuller lives. I’ve dedicated my career to figuring out how we can grow and sustain the middle-class and uproot the gender barriers and racial barriers that leave too many Americans outside the dream looking in,” Boushey said

Boushey’s recent experience, outside of advising Biden on economic policy, stems largely from her role as president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a non-profit she founded to focus on research and grantmaking:

“Through the organization I co-founded, I’ve pursued solutions to reverse the dangerous march of inequality and bring us back to the core value of broadly shared success,” Boushey said. “That’s the same value I see at the heart of the Build Back Better Plan and why I’m so excited and honored to help this team bring not just good jobs, but the good lives and peace of mind that comes with them to every American community.”

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She previously served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 transition team as chief economist, and advised several economic institutions and organizations. She is even an associate editor for the Feminist Economics journal.

Boushey said she is “excited to get to work helping build an economy rooted in the values that we share: equality, opportunity and the dignity of work.” 

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Sophie Dorf-Kamienny is a Ms. Fellow and former Editorial Intern. She recently graduated high school and is completing a gap year before attending Tufts University.