The Biden administration nominated a team of "liberal and centrist economic advisers" who will help him steer America's recovery. Here are the administration's top picks.
The Biden administration nominated former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen for Treasury secretary Yellen is the first woman to hold the job. Yellen is a well-respected economist who was also the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018. In her new role, she plays a leading role in shaping economic policy as the U.S. recovers from the economic turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Yellen’s top deputy at the Treasury Department will be Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo, a veteran of the Obama administration and an expert on macro-economic policy and consumer protection with national security experience.
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
For the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Biden originally chose Neera Tanden, head of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. Her nomination has since been withdrawn. The OMB office, the largest of the Executive Branch, helps the president develop and administer the federal budget. A new nominee has not been put forward yet.
Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
Biden chose Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton University labor economist, to chair the Council of Economic Advisers (a role Yellen occupied during Clinton's administration). Rouse has previously been confirmed by the Senate as a member of the CEA in 2009. She was confirmed as chair on March 2, 2021. She is the first African American to lead the CEA.
Rouse will be joined by two campaign economic advisers, Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, on the CEA. Bernstein previously served as the chief economist to Biden in the first years of the Obama administration, while Boushey is an economist focused on economic inequality and the CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.