Cabinet Profiles: Cecilia Rouse: Chair Of The Council Of Economic Advisors

The hearings for President Joe Biden‘s Cabinet nominations continue today.

We will hear testimony from his picks to lead all of his cabinet positions over the next several weeks. We will profile the nominees in advance of their hearings so our readers will have some background information as the proceedings take place.

In addition, most of the hearings will be live-streamed, and we will share that information on our Twitter feed once the hearings go live.


Cecilia Rouse

Chair of The Council of Economic Advisor

  • Former member of the Obama-Biden Council of Economic Advisers, and dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
  • If confirmed, she will become the first African American woman to lead the Council of Economic Advisers in the 74 years of its existence


Cecilia Rouse currently serves as Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. If confirmed, she will become just the first African American and just the fourth woman to lead the CEA in the 74 years of its existence.

A renowned labor economist with expertise centered in the economics of education and equality, she is an accomplished leader who has held prominent roles across academia and government service.

Before taking on her current role as Dean in 2012, Rouse served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama-Biden Administration and on the National Economic Council in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to President Clinton.

Rouse joined the Princeton faculty in 1992 and has authored landmark papers on a variety of economic policy issues.

Originally from California, Rouse received her bachelor of arts degree and her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.



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