Heather Boushey (Treasurer)

Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

“The Opportunity Institute’s unique approach to building social mobility at critical junctures in people’s lives is what’s needed to address the complicated problems faced by families as they work to achieve success from early childhood to early career. These are exactly the levers we need to pull to improve economic prosperity for more Americans.”
—Heather Boushey

Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Her research focuses on economic inequality and public policy, specifically employment, social policy, and family economic well-being. She is the author of Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict, to be published in April 2016 from Harvard University Press.

The New York Times has called Boushey one of the “most vibrant voices in the field,” and she testifies often before Congress on economic policy issues. Her research has been published in academic journals; she writes regularly for popular media, including The New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” The Atlantic, and Democracy; and she makes frequent television appearances on Bloomberg, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS. Boushey previously served as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute, and also sits on the board of the Opportunity Institute. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College.