President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Cecilia Rouse, economist and dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, as Chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).
In her new role, Rouse will be responsible for providing the president with economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy. She will lead the CEA in the research and analysis of current economic developments and trends to make data-based recommendations to the president based on the council's findings.
Twenty years after joining the faculty of Princeton University, Rouse became the dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs in 2012. She is a prominent labor economist with expertise in the economics of education and equality, as well as issues related to long-term unemployment.
Before taking her current role, Rouse served on the CEA in the first two years of the Obama-Biden administration. In that position, she helped design policies aimed at encouraging employers to boost hiring and argued for more fiscal stimulus to aid the recovery after the 2007-2009 recession. She also served on the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration as special assistant to President Bill Clinton in 1998. She has authored numerous landmark articles on economic policy issues.
If confirmed, Rouse would become the first African American woman to lead the CEA. Her prior experience in previous administrations is seen as a key asset as the CEA designs economic policy and advises President Biden in an economy struggling from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early Career and Education
Before joining the Princeton faculty in 1992, Rouse earned her bachelor of arts degree and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.