Jason Furman was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013, as the 28th chairman of the Council of Economic
Advisers. In this role, he served as President Obama’s chief economist and a member of the Cabinet. Furman served the President since the beginning of the Administration, previously holding the position of principal deputy director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the President. Immediately prior to the Administration, Furman was economic policy director for the President’s campaign in 2008 and a member of the presidential transition team. He held a variety of posts in public policy and research before his work with President Obama. In public policy, Furman worked at both the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and also at the World Bank. In research, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and also served in visiting positions at various universities, including New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, such as fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, and domestic and international macroeconomics.
In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, Furman is the editor of two books on economic policy. Since leaving the Obama Administration, Furman has joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) as a Senior Fellow. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from Harvard University.