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Budget Matters 2013 - National Speakers

Posted by taral at Aug 28, 2013 11:25 AM |

We have confirmed Heather McGhee and Jared Bernstein, two prominent national speakers, for our upcoming policy conference.

"Budget Matters 2013: Mind the Opportunity Gap," will be held on Thursday, December 12th at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Mark your calendar now! Registration for the conference will open in September.

Heather McGheeHeather C. McGhee is the Vice President of Policy and Outreach at Demos.   She is a frequent writer, speaker and media commentator on issues of democracy reform, economic opportunity, racial equity and financial regulation.  In 2010, she became a contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV.  She is also a regular guest on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN.  Her opinions, writing and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. 

She is the co-author of a chapter on retirement insecurity in the book Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and its Poisonous Consequences (New Press, 2005). She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. She sits on the boards of Public Campaign, the Center for Working Families, and Consumer Reports.

Jared Bernstein is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team. Jared Bernstein

His areas of expertise include federal and state economic and fiscal policies, income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, international comparisons, and the analysis of financial and housing markets.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.Between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

He has published extensively in various venues, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Research in Economics and Statistics.  He is an on-air commentator for the cable stations CNBC and MSNBC, contributor to The New York Times Economix blog, and hosts jaredbernsteinblog.com.

He holds a PhD in Social Welfare from Columbia University.

Our 2012 policy conference was a great success with more than 300 people attending, including legislators, advocates, and policy experts. Van Jones was our lunch speaker.

We hope to see you on December 12th. More details on panel topics and registration information will be available in September.

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