November 10, 2016
Dr. Karen Dynan serves as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist. Dr. Dynan leads the Office of Economic Policy, which is responsible for analyzing and reporting on current and prospective economic developments and helping develop policies to address economic challenges.
Dr. Dynan came to Treasury from the Brookings Institution, where she was vice president and co-director of the Economic Studies program. Prior to joining Brookings, she served on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board for 17 years. While at the Fed, she played a leadership role in a number of areas, including macroeconomic forecasting, tracking household finances, and the Fed’s response to the financial crisis. She has also served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as a visiting assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in 1998.
Dr. Dynan is an expert on macroeconomic policy and household financial issues who has published widely in leading economics journals. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and her A.B. from Brown University.