Cecilia Rouse is the chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). She is the first Black woman to hold this position. Cecilia Rouse was dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and previously served as a member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.
In her new role, Rouse is responsible for providing the president with economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy. She leads 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.
After being nominated by Joe Biden, Rouse was confirmed by the Senate on March 2, 2021. Her prior experience in previous administrations should be a key asset since the CEA designs economic policy and will be advising President Biden amidst a struggling economy resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. She was sworn into office by Vice President Kamala Harris on March 12, 2021.
Twenty years after joining the faculty of Princeton University, Rouse became the dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs in 2012. Cecilia Rouse is a prominent labor economist with expertise in the economics of education and equality, in addition to issues related to long-term unemployment.
When Rouse served on the CEA in the first two years of the Obama-Biden administration, 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.
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.